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Regents vote ‘no confidence’ in Haskell president

For 2nd time, board seeks removal of Linda Warner, who is working in Okla.

May 6, 2010


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The Board of Regents at Haskell Indian Nations University once again is pushing for the ouster of the school’s president, this time as federal officials prepare to hire a new administrator who will be determining who ends up leading the four-year college for American Indians.

Regents voted unanimously Thursday to approve a resolution declaring “a vote of no confidence” in Haskell President Linda Warner, who has retained her title but held none of the job’s responsibilities since September, when she was detailed by the Bureau of Indian Education to work at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, N.M.

In January the bureau transferred Warner to a regional bureau office in Oklahoma City, where she remains as the bureau awaits the hiring of a new bureau director.

Whoever is hired as the new BIE director will determine who ends up as Haskell’s president, said Stephanie Birdwell, the bureau’s deputy director for policy evaluation and postsecondary education. Earlier this year, Warner was identified as being one of seven finalists for the director’s job in Washington.

George Tiger, president of Haskell’s regents, said Thursday that the latest vote of no confidence in Warner wasn’t much different from the last one, in 2008.

The complaints are the same, Tiger said: Warner didn’t properly communicate with regents, filed reports “usurping the authority” of regents, and did not follow a previous agreement that outlines responsibilities of the regents.

“It’s time to move on,” Tiger said, after Thursday’s vote.

Contacted after the vote, Warner declined to comment, citing a directive from Birdwell to not speak to the media.

In their resolution, regents also outlined their desire to work together with the Bureau of Indian Affairs — which oversees the Bureau of Indian Education — in selecting a new BIE director, and to serve as the formal search committee for a new president.

“The board should be in the loop,” said Tiger, who graduated from Haskell in 1971 and is a council member for the Creek Nation of Oklahoma.

The regents’ resolution comes as U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and other members of the state’s congressional delegation have raised concerns in recent months about leadership at Haskell since Warner’s departure from campus.

Also Thursday, regents learned about a new public-relations initiative to be launched by the BIE and known as “Haskell Gives Back,” highlighting connections in the community.


devobrun 7 years, 10 months ago

Sounds like the people who are intimately involved with Haskell have clearly stated their disapproval of Linda Warner. Sounds like the federal government has responded by doing....nothing.

And how is it that I should trust the government to run my life?

Native, indigenous peoples of America, loose the government. Immigrants, gringos, all people of the United States, work to free yourself from government interdiction in your lives. If you need government, then you need to change. If you must rely upon government, you are toast.

The details of Linda Warner or the BOIE are unimportant. The problem is the federal government. Become free from its grip.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

The Federal Government has treaty obligations to maintain. If the Feds butt out, to whom should the check from the Federal Government be made payable? Should a lump sum be negotiated, or a smaller amount paid out yearly?

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 10 months ago

Since the Board has no actual role in governance of the university, why is this news?

The only thing I can conclude from reading all those posts from students is the place should have a top to bottom housecleaning, including at least some faculty. That housecleaning should include Mr. Tiger.

goldpurple6 7 years, 10 months ago

Two sides to every story. Unfortunately President Warner abides by the rules yet Birdwell Bighorn and her acting administrators continuously violate her directive of not talking to the media. Again, let us remind the readers that this board collectively has brought in no dollars to the school. There are board members who have sat on this board and have been ineffective for over 20 plus years. How sad the new members who some had a little faith in basically gave in to peer pressure and did not try to seek out the facts. if anyone should have a vote of no confidence it should be the students in the current board. The current boards resumes should be public record. While other institutions have actual requirements and seek to have professionals, educators, and advocates on their boards Haskell is left with members who still think this is a high school and trying to relive the glory days! The vote comes as no surprise, the President bascially quit catering and pampering this group. As one 'blog' asked the question, has this board passed background checks? For all the travel and funding this board receives, do they receive 1099's and are reporting their information to the IRS?

millie 7 years, 10 months ago

  1. Did they vote on anything else?
  2. Were they just at Haskell to take a vote against Dr.Warner?
  3. How educated is this board?
  4. Do they pay taxes on the money they get from Haskell?
  5. How much money do they get, from Haskell?
  6. George Tiger run unopposed in his tribal elections, that why he won. But he is really a tribal outcast.
  7. Did they do anything about the two new BA programs?
  8. Have they sought additional funds for Haskell? That is their job.
  9. Have they rescheduled the North Central accreditation visit?
  10. Did they set term limits for themselves?
  11. Are they going to require the board to be better educated and get the good old boys club out of there?
  12. Did they go to the residential halls and see what the rooms looked like?
  13. These people ( including Stephanie Birdwell, Venida Chenault(VCEM),Mike Lewis and Dan Wildcat) need to wake up and go to the psyche ward.

NMXeagle 7 years, 10 months ago

Removing Warner is not going to take the heat off of the Board or the current actings. Too many people know exactly what they are about. Haskell has become a national embarrassment. At this point it would actually be an insult to any person with standards and dignity to be supported by the ignorant, do-nothing Board. Warner should not be unhappy about this idiot “resolution.” Seriously, who would really want to work with these people?

screen_name 7 years, 10 months ago

WHY does the press continue to speak to that idiot George Tiger? He needs to reminded AGAIN that its impossible to "usurp the authority" of a board that does not actually have any authority. It would be disastrous for Haskell if the current BOR served as the search committee for a new president. And he thinks alot of himself if he believes that he, or any board member, should be involved with the selection of the new BIE director. I also heard that someone also needs to look into Mike Lewis' "budget" that he presented to the BOR showing that athletics had such a significant increase in funding over academics. There have long been rumors about him "cooking the books" and his "budget" is said to be another product of his imagination...or of VCEM's.

haskellrises09 7 years, 10 months ago

It is embarrasing the kind of leadership we have in the BIE/BIA. It is understood that Mr. Salazar has bigger fish to fry what with the Trust settlement and now the oil spill, but Larry Echohawk has no excuse. He hired an inexperienced, relatively untested individual for BIE director at a time when our schools and colleges are in-crisis. I hesitate to suggest that this is cronyism, but the connections to athletics and the good old boy network are suspicious. This is all a backdrop for suggesting that the ill-advised leadership in BIA/BIE are listening to certain voices within Haskell and from the BOT when their track records strongly indicate, powerfully point to, the fact that they should not be listened to - and in fact that they are the main reason Haskell is sinking. And now we see that Stephanie Birdwell, with her win-at-all-costs attitude, is trying to paint a pretty smile on the graffitti that is Haskell. Nice try...

How about swallowing your pride and bringing back Dr. Warner. I'm not sure why she would want to return to the mess you've left Ms. Birdwell, but maybe she would. At the very least, STOP listening to Wildcat, Chenault, Tiger, etc. They talk as though they inherited a mess that Warner created. The truth is... well, you know the truth. And you can ignore it only so long. The sickening thing about what you all are doing is that it hurts students. They have limited options as it is, and now they are becoming more limited. Ridiculous.

The Board of trustees and the current acting administration of Haskell should receive a no-confidence vote from anyone who really cares about Haskell. Mr. Tiger, you never answered the questions that have been asked of you. How much money has been raised for Haskell under your "leadership."

It's hard to blame the relatively "new" board members for this mess, but the long-time board members should be blamed and accept responsibility. And quit believing everything the acting administration and Stephanie Birdwell tell you! They are in a position to paint the picture however they like putting together partial facts and half-truths and selectively using information to make it appear as though Dr. Warner is in the wrong. Think about it, they've had a year to find every manner of wrong doing and have come up with nothing substantial or even worthy of so much as a 2 day suspension.

Wake up Mr. Echohawk. Before it's too late.

Alum 7 years, 10 months ago

Bring back Warner?? What are you smoking?? Dr. Chenault and Dr. Wildcat DID unfortunately inherit the mess the "Off With Your Head" Queen of Mean left behind. If only she took her worthless minions with her. You know who you are. All three of you. You know you all change you handle on this blog so it looks like its more than you three stooges--just admit it ;) Weren't one of you slinking around Minoka with the Queen of Mean (or she could be the Mad Hatter) about a month ago, initials SB?? Funny how the tables turn. The Queen once banished a respected, educated, Native woman, who is a true champion of what Haskell should stand for to Minoka--she had no window and no AC during the wicked KS heat, and yet it was here the Queen of Mean was seen slinking around BLOGGING, Geekin Topekan, right??!! What is that one song, "Isn't it Ironic," don't cha think??

Alum 7 years, 10 months ago

Hydra, you're right on the money--DICTATOR.

ssakcaj 7 years, 10 months ago

What mess did Warner leave that Chenault and Wildcat inherit? From my understanding there were two more degrees coming online for the fall, and the potential for a substantial inflow of money from grants.

By their own admission of one of the Chenault cronies, Mike Lewis the bookkeeper, Haskell is as we speak $3.4 million dollars over budget. So your supposed saviours have managed to run through the universities, really a college, entire annual budget in ~9 months.

Who is the so called respected, educated Native woman who is the true champion of Haskell that you speak of? I texted my friend at Haskell and he was so annoyed by this claim that he didn't even text me back. He said he was so irritated that he couldn't even text and so he had to call.

He says that the only person you could be referring to is Chenault. He also laughed about the claim that Chenault, if that is who you refer to, was shut up in Minoka with no AC and no window. The first lie to anyone and everyone who has seen Minoka is that she was in an office with no window. He says Minoka is all windows. So unless she was locked up in a closet, the window claim is a lie.

The next lie was that there was no A/C available. He said, again assuming that you were referring to Chenault, that he remembered the time period when Chenault was working in Minoka he had spoken to one of the people Chenault was working with at the time. One of Chenault's cronies was going all over campus claiming that Chenault was being "tortured." The person working with her has said the whole thing was ridiculous. He had gone over to the building to work and when he went in the A/C was off. He asked Chenault and she said the A/C had been off since she had arrived. He said he then asked the same question anyone else in their right mind would, "Have you called Facilities about the A/C yet?" Chenault got a sheepish look on her face and admitted that she actually hadn't. He said he used his cell phone and called and talked to them right in her office and they said they would be up in five minutes. They were, and had the A/C fixed and on before he left Chenault's office. His question to my friend was how do you get to be the Vice-President of the University if you are too dumb to get the A/C turned on and laughed and shook his head. He did qualifiy it by saying he thought Chenaults friends who are clearly nuts gave her a persecution complex and so she jumped to the conclusion that the A/C was off intentionally

Haskell is a sad situation, and whoever came up with the phrase, "Hapless Indian Nations University" should get an Obie. It would be funnier if it wasn't so sad.

ssakcaj 7 years, 10 months ago

One last item he shared was the new org chart that Chenault and Wildcat sent out for comments, not withstanding all the errors made and the slapped together nature of the chart, was the letter that accompanied it.

In the letter Chenault stated that Haskell had overreached by calling itself a university and talked about its inability to perform at a higher level. It seems the solution to this was to pull back to the same degrees it has been offering for the past twenty years. He said that if you really believed Haskell wasn't able to perform and offer a graduate degree, then instead of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, why didn't she instead propose Haskell be renamed Haskell College or something similar. I asked him what he thought and he said almost verbatim what another person had stated, "People at Haskell are just using smoke and mirrors to put on a show and a play dress up. From Regents and faculty who were their doctorate robes to graduation without a degree on their wall, to speaking to anyone who will listen about native and climate issues."

Chenault seems to belive in the domitable will of the Native American people and yes I meant to say domitable. Aim low to always hit your target. Just Don't Do it. Shoot for the ground, and others...

somebodynew 7 years, 10 months ago

Hey, JKealing (or anyone at LJW). Is there any follow up to the claims on a blog in this paper that Ted Jeaunu (sp??) was fired recently ????? I am guessing it is just taking a minute to get the information together, but am wondering.

Alum 7 years, 10 months ago

Heh, heh, eww, touched a nerve didn't I, ssakcaj (more than likely the Queen of Mean "Off with Your Head!! herself)? Did I get your goat?? Do you need a hug? Is that what's really behind all your heartless, diabolical actions? Not enough hugs?? I didn't even name any names and look at how riled you got!! I'm having such a good laugh at your ugliness and bitterness. But you know what? Through all the BS the Queen a Mean put Haskell through, the good and true spirit of Haskell WILL prevail. And as for your "little (minded) " friend, EDDY, you can tell him where he can shove it! ;)

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