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Haskell kicks off 125th year

Jerry Tuckwin, Lawrence, former coach and athletic director at Haskell Indian Nations University, was honored along with members of his family at Haskell’s spring convocation. Five generations of Tuckwin family members have attended Haskell since 1884. The convocation was the official launch of events held in commemoration of Haskell’s 125th year.

Jerry Tuckwin, Lawrence, former coach and athletic director at Haskell Indian Nations University, was honored along with members of his family at Haskell’s spring convocation. Five generations of Tuckwin family members have attended Haskell since 1884. The convocation was the official launch of events held in commemoration of Haskell’s 125th year.

January 14, 2009

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Haskell celebrates 125 years

Students celebrated Haskell's 125th year at convocation Tuesday afternoon. Enlarge video

Orlando Begay, Haskell Indian Nations University Haskell Brave for 2008-2009, left, and Tila Salas-Brooks, Miss Haskell 2008-2009, study their speeches during Haskell Indian Nations University's spring convocation on Tuesday. The convocation was the official launch of events held in commemoration of the Haskell's 125th year.

Orlando Begay, Haskell Indian Nations University Haskell Brave for 2008-2009, left, and Tila Salas-Brooks, Miss Haskell 2008-2009, study their speeches during Haskell Indian Nations University's spring convocation on Tuesday. The convocation was the official launch of events held in commemoration of the Haskell's 125th year.

Joseph Tuckwin was one of the first students to attend what has become Haskell Indian Nations University. He attended the then-boarding school in 1884.

Five generations and 125 years later, his great-great-grandson Alex Tuckwin was one of the speakers at this year’s spring convocation Tuesday.

“Haskell has been a lot of my life,” Alex, a freshman, said. “Going here is kind of a family tradition.”

The Tuckwin family has attended Haskell through its transformations from boarding school to high school to the university it is today.

Jerry Tuckwin, Alex’s grandfather, graduated from Haskell High School in 1960. He served as head football coach and athletic director at Haskell before retiring in 2001. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor.

“I’ve had a great, great life as a result of Haskell,” Jerry said during his convocation speech. “I’ve had a dream come true in my whole life.”

The Tuckwin recognition marked the beginning of a yearlong celebration at Haskell. At least 12 events commemorating Haskell’s 125 years will be scattered throughout the year. The university plans to end the commemoration in December with a gala recognizing 125 influential people at Haskell.

The theme of the commemorative year is “Past Legacies and Bright Futures.”

“These events are recognizing and honoring those who came before and those who have helped fight to make the university what it is today,” said Sharon Hallum, extension director and marketing chairwoman for the committee organizing the celebrations.

Comments

osagendn20 5 years, 3 months ago

I also find it odd that there are actually residents here in Lawrence who are totally oblivious to the fact that Haskell even exists. How can you not see the football stadium on East 23rd street??? Or see all the signs along the highways??? That's very odd to me.

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mltetbnc 5 years, 3 months ago

My father in law graduated from HINU and my husband was attending when we met. I have children that will attend in the future. Haskell is a wonderful thing!

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spankyandcranky 5 years, 3 months ago

Excellent! 125 years! It would be great to have a list of the 12+ events planned. Very interesting to hear about the Tuckwins.

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flux 5 years, 3 months ago

Let me preface this statement by saying that I respect and am fascinated by Haskell and the native American cultre. I have been a Lawrence resident for the better part of 40 years. Haskell has always seemed foreign and removed from the city. I have had no more then a handful of Native American 3-4 Friends in the last 40 years. I find this odd because we are a city with a major Native American university and I dont know anyone from there, neither do most

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juscin3 5 years, 3 months ago

I remember when we lived next door to the Tuckwin's a while back. Very nice family!! Congrats to you!

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Eybea Opiner 5 years, 3 months ago

My congratulations, also. I guess the Tuckwin story indicates that being sent off to a boarding school wasn't a horrible experience for all young Native Americans.

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defenestrator 5 years, 3 months ago

Congratulations to HINU and to Mr. Tuckwin on carrying on a great tradition. Lawrence is lucky to have you.

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