Realizing that hundreds of Haskell Indian Nations University students soon will be headed home for holiday break, school officials gathered on campus Tuesday for a ceremony that sought the studentsÃ¢ÂÂ safe return and mourned those killed in drunken-driving accidents.
Ã¢ÂÂWe must be ever-vigilant,Ã¢ÂÂ said Ken Bordeaux, a Lakota Sioux elder who presided over most of the afternoon ceremony.
About 20 students, faculty and staff attended the outdoor ceremony.
Haskell student and lay minister Warren Ã¢ÂÂJuniorÃ¢ÂÂ Pratt read a list of 27 names of people with ties to Haskell who have been killed in drunken-driving accidents.
The list included the three Haskell students - Albert Whitebull, 25, Yancy Longhat, 20, and Ray Ã¢ÂÂMikeÃ¢ÂÂ Red Elk, 24 - who were killed in a single accident on Aug. 29, 1999, in north Lawrence. Their friend, Clint Wahquahboshkuk, 23, died Sept. 10, 1999, from injuries suffered during the accident.
Pratt reminded the group that Ã¢ÂÂalcohol and strong drink take away from life rather than add to it.Ã¢ÂÂ
The ceremony was part of HaskellÃ¢ÂÂs participation in Drunken Driving Prevention Month.
Several Haskell students who have survived drunken-driving accidents are expected to discuss their experiences at 9 p.m. today at Blalock Hall.