Administrators at Haskell Indian Nations University are about to do something they've wanted to do for many years -- hire someone.
Until Oct. 31 of this year, Haskell was required to follow Bureau of Indian Affairs procedures when it came to hiring and firing of employees. All applications had to go through the BIA office in New Mexico, making the process lengthy and inconvenient.
It took an act of Congress, but things have changed.
When President Clinton signed the Haskell Indian Nations University and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Administrative Systems Act of 1998, the two schools were able to establish their own personnel offices.
Haskell has already started the process of putting into place the new office and will soon be looking for a personnel director. A team of campus representatives is organizing a plan for the office and a job description for a qualified candidate.
"They have until Jan. 15 to submit a plan and we hope to have someone hired in the spring," Haskell President Bob Martin said.
Advantages of having an office on campus include faster hiring processes and control over qualified employees, Martin said.