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Haskell’s president, regents hash out differences at Washington meeting

February 7, 2009

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Haskell Indian Nations University’s president, its the board of regents and federal officials found common ground this week.

“It just reaffirmed what we always believe: We are a policymaking advisory board,” said George Tiger, regents vice chairman.

The meeting in Washington, D.C., came after regents had voiced concerns several times since Linda Sue Warner took over as Haskell president in 2007. Members of the Bureau of Indian Education, which oversees Haskell, and other federal officials attended the meeting.

Finding a way for regents and Haskell administrators to communicate better was a major topic of the meeting, Warner and Tiger said.

“We strategized about ways we could keep them in the loop faster,” Warner said Friday.

Tiger said the communication strategy was important.

The two sides also moved closer to agreeing on a memorandum of understanding — to be signed later this year — that outlines specific roles for regents, he said.

Tiger said he was pleased at progress made during the meeting.

Tensions between Warner and the regents ran high last August — and regents asked federal officials to remove Warner as president. They expressed concerns about possible irregularities in accounting, procurement and hiring practices, but federal officials this week reiterated to regents that they found no merit in the allegations.

Warner said she was also able to talk to the six regents in attendance about developments in new programs at Haskell.

Several regents, Warner and other Haskell officials were in Washington for a reception to honor 125 years of Haskell at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Comments

baby_bath 5 years, 10 months ago

The regents role was never questioned.hence the word "advisory" and I guarantee you that the regents will mistake the title of advisory board to abused extremes,again.So what does this mean for Haskell?The regents waawaa-ed to Washington who patted them and said it is OK.We know you are an advisory board.but who wins?The students?Do the students get the reinstated staff that were reassigned?Staff that gets to LIVE on campus again?Work when they feel and get paid for not being at their assigned post?Indian people have been given second class citzen status for centuries and the board wants to keep the best for their cronies and the students will continuew the second class status.Regents win but students loose.Some are so conditioned to being a second class citizen that they see nothing wriong with this.

frank mcguinness 5 years, 10 months ago

As a non-native but one who grew up right next door to the university and as a friend to the native community I sincerely hope that the students education is the focus of both the president and the advisory board. They deserve the best opportunity possible.

KU_cynic 5 years, 10 months ago

I await a story from the Lawrence Journal World telling me what is really going on over at Haskell. There's a lot of very vague "he said, she said" insinuation going on, but no hard news.The LJW should demand an in-depth interview with the Haskell president, harangue and shame her if none if granted, and prepare like heck for a good interview with some direct questions and follow-up questions.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

It's sure a good thing you aren't running this or any other newspaper, bb.

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