Archive for Thursday, January 7, 2010

Lawmakers meet on Haskell leadership

January 7, 2010


U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts isn’t the only federal lawmaker concerned about leadership issues — both in Lawrence and in Washington — regarding Haskell Indian Nations University.

Earlier this week, staffers from the offices of three Kansas Republicans — Roberts, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback and U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins — met in Washington with employees from the Bureau of Indian Education, which oversees Haskell.

Roberts has expressed concerns about leadership at the four-year school for American Indians since the bureau temporarily reassigned Haskell President Linda Warner to out-of-town posts: first to a school in New Mexico, then — as of this month — to a regional bureau office in Oklahoma City.

All three top administrators now working at the Lawrence campus are handling their roles on an “acting” basis. In Warner’s absence, scheduled visits by accreditation teams to review progress on establishing two new four-year degree programs were canceled.

Roberts’ representatives expect this week’s meeting to lead to some of their questions being answered, although no timetable has been set.

“They were personally made aware of all the concerns we have,” said Molly Haase, a spokeswoman for Roberts. “We’re just waiting on an official response.”


anon1958 8 years, 2 months ago

Wait! How can a bunch of Republicans from Kansas getting involved at Haskell be helpful? Isnt that like requesting a group from PETA to come judge a barbecue pork cooking contest held during western style rodeo?

Haskell has enough problems and the republican party has met its quota for screwing up stuff in Kansas at least until the time that Jesus and the mahdi materialize somewhere in the middle east and settle this whole clash of cultures business once and for all!

Tricky Gnosis 8 years, 2 months ago

anon1958 -- your wit speaks volumes about your intelligence and insight.

geekin_topekan 8 years, 2 months ago

Believe it or not, Indians are extremely conservative, anon. True conservatives, not the neocon type gibberish you read on these boards. It just happens that liberal policies are what keep the ball rolling for the time being.

anon1958 8 years, 2 months ago

geekin_topekan (Anonymous) says…

Believe it or not, Indians are extremely conservative, anon.

I have spent a huge amount of time with Native American students as a mentor and teacher. Native Americans hold some views that are politically liberal and some that are politically conservative. Native Americans are also extremely diverse in their economic and social backgrounds and really defy any simple categorization.

The main problems at Haskell are personal politics of greed, an absolute morbid fear of change and chronic underfunding. These problems are the historical result of incompetence by the federal programs that supervise and fund Haskell and are not likely to be solved any time soon.

millie 8 years, 2 months ago

Good for them. Haskell has needed someone to look into it for years. @ anon1958 sounds like you are running scared of something. I know a lot of Haskell workers that should be.

anon1958 8 years, 2 months ago

millie (Anonymous) says…

Good for them. Haskell has needed someone to look into it for years. @ anon1958 sounds like you are running scared of something. I know a lot of Haskell workers that should be.

Millie, your powers of deduction and inference are not enviable. I have never been on the Haskell pay role nor employed by any of the federal agencies that supply support to Haskell. Nor am I related to anyone at Haskell.

My concern is primarily for the students and for the faculty and staff that work hard under difficult conditions. I do not have a personal financial stake in Haskell in any way. Because Haskell can be considered a disaster as a whole and in a perpetual state of crisis does not mean that there are not many dedicated employees doing the best they can with limited resources.

The rascals at Haskell are not hard to identify but like vermin everywhere they are difficult if not impossible to run off.

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 2 months ago

So only liberals demorats can care about the future of native students. Bull pucky! anon1958 your comment was not expressing concern about the students it was taking a cheap shot at republicans.

anon1958 8 years, 2 months ago

umpin_catfish (Anonymous) says…

So only liberals demorats can care about the future of native students. Bull pucky! anon1958 your comment was not expressing concern about the students it was taking a cheap shot at republicans.

I have posted the my concerns elsewhere on this forum previously.

The only shots that can be taken at republicans are cheap and easy anyway. That is just the nature of the target, you do not need a marksman to hit the broad side of a barn from ten paces. The neo-cons are hardly a worthy opponent in any exchange that requires logic, more than a meager amount background knowledge or the slimmest understanding of science.

I wish the right wing nut neo-cons were quite a bit more clever. I feel like I am a porcupine fighting against a room fool of children's party balloons whenever I engage in an argument against the defenders of Cal Thomas, Krauthammer, Bill O Reilly et al. Arguing and taking shots at these morons just does not give the kind of satisfaction it could if they were 10x smarter than they are.

Sam Brownback, the man many people want to be the next governor of Kansas is such a dimwit I would not trust him to be in charge of a self serve car wash. I met him 12+ years ago soon after I moved to Kansas. It was clear from less than 5 minutes of conversation he was a total knucklehead. His actions since then confirmed my original estimation beyond doubt.

ndnjoe 8 years, 2 months ago

I am a registerd Democrat, however, that is only because you have to declare something. I vote for the person in elections, not parties. So when I say this, it is about being involved and working with/for government agencies for over 20 years. When Democrats are in office, Indian programs seem to flourish, on the other hand, many of our lean years come at the hands of Republican administrations.

Now if we can just get some people to look at the mess that was made at Haskell's sister institution SIPI and what a mess Joe Martin and Jeff Hamley caused maybe we can get them to not hold any administrative positions in the government (Indian Ed) ever again. While we are at it, lets go back as far as some of the Haskell issues started, with Gerald Gipp and Karne Swisher. Then move on to the other tribal colleges, we know that not all of them had their schools in the best interest. And we can't leave out Warner. Although she inherited many of the problems she faced, she did create her own can of worms. And if she really didn't do anything wrong, there is without much doubt she would have never been reassigned or forced out.

Republican or Democrats, it don't matter, I am glad somebody is making somebody at least take a look at what is going on at Haskell.

bluerain 8 years, 2 months ago

It is unfortunate that the situation involving Haskell has gotten to the point that state republicans have become involved. How their inquiry unfolds and who it will affect is questionable. Haskell has so much potential and more quality undergraduate programs need to be offered soon, not 5, 10, or 15 years from now. Hopefully, one day graduate and doctorate programs will be offered. Also, the institutional inbreeding of faculty, staff, and staff support needs to be put to a halt. Certain families have a monopoly on jobs at Haskell and too much power and influence on what goes on at Haskell!

mkolo 8 years, 2 months ago

Thank god someone finally shook the boat enough at Haskell to make people who can bring changes there stand up and take a good look as to what is really going on. Haskell needs it's two new BA programs back along with Dr.Warner !!!!

drillsgt 8 years, 2 months ago

i wish the higher ups would come talk to the employees and find out what really is going on....the acting pres giving jobs to her friends on the advice of a ex mananger who just retired....a bi polar student counsouler spreading gossip and hear say....i sit in the dorm and hear all this ...missing money and programs cancelled...more bad press...this mess was made by the leadership now..and it started back two years get rid of vc and dw...they have been problems since the 90's

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