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Haskell reaches deal to bolster interaction with Environmental Protection Agency

February 2, 2012


Leaders of Haskell Indian Nations University and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region Seven signed an agreement Wednesday that will promote more interaction among Haskell students and faculty with EPA staff.

Both agencies share a goal of preparing students for future careers in environmental and scientific fields, the agreement says.

Karl Brooks, the EPA district’s regional administrator, worked as a Kansas University professor before taking his position with the EPA. He said he hoped that the agreement would lead to more cooperation in three main areas:

• Opportunities that would lead to more Haskell students applying for summer internships with the agency and pursuing full-time jobs there. The district currently employs six Haskell graduates as full-time employees, Brooks said.

• More chances for Haskell faculty to drive research forward with the help of EPA staff members. Haskell faculty are interested in a lot of the same areas of research as the EPA, Brooks said, including water, land use and other issues.

“Putting them in touch with our people is going to benefit our people and the Haskell faculty,” he said.

• Promoting an education that will allow students to return to their tribes with knowledge of environmental issues facing them. Brooks said that such students can help tribes address environmental issues by serving on governmental bodies such as tribal councils.

The agreement also calls for Haskell to be made aware of joint research opportunities.

EPA staff members could also get consideration for adjunct faculty positions at the school, according to the agreement.

Faculty members would also receive assistance from the EPA staff in preparing grant applications, as long as it does not provide Haskell with an unfair advantage over other agencies competing for grants.

“EPA Region Seven has been and continues to be a strong supporter of Haskell,” said Haskell President Chris Redman at a ceremony on campus Wednesday.


Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 7 months ago

With a less than 10% graduation rate, this has more of a political feel rather than substance. Basically, wasting tax dollars again.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

Translation-- you don't like Haskell or the EPA, which is all that you require for making an unfounded, gratuitous, disparaging remark.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 7 months ago

You are right Bozo... I do have zero use for Haskell as it stands now. It is another feels good money pit born by the taxpayers who get basically nothing out of it as does its clients and those it is supposed to serve. As someone who can balance their own checkbook, if anyone who has a basic clue was on the hook for the both the good and the bad, they would walk away from it as it has no value.

It is time for the United States of America to become one freeking America. No more of this native, name it America crap.

You see, the Indian Nation claims to be a soveriegn Nation when it is beneficial to them, but they quickly become part of the American Nation when it is time to pass out the money.

We need to take a deep look at how business is done over there, the hiring practices and everything else that has to do with that facility and the other 3 like it. Anything short of that is just throwing good money after bad.

Recap... great concept, poor administration.

Bozo, my advice to you is get a job before you pass judgment on the taxpayers.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

So, you'd be OK with giving Indians all their land back since you don't want to honor the treaties under which they were transferred?

jhawkinsf 5 years, 7 months ago

I googled Haskell graduation rates and came across an article from mid-2010. Graduation rates for incoming freshmen going for a 4 year degree was at 9%, though the article did say that about two thirds of students are enrolled in 2 year associate degree programs.

katatnite 5 years, 7 months ago

About two thirds of Haskell students are enrolled in 2 year associate degree programs because they only have 4 four year degree programs: Elementary Ed, AIS, Business, Environmental why do they need the EPA? EPA needs cheap labor.

TrudySix 5 years, 7 months ago

It's just lip service -- a government agency wanting minority back patting.

drillsgt 5 years, 7 months ago

whoever is in charge of doing a terrible job at getting the graduation rates to be better...what is the problem?..trying to do other things?..They have no new degrees that could be useful to natives..i know students transfer to other school, if the classes transfer, to continue areas of studies that haskell does not have...whoever is in charge should be moved to the stays the same over there....

katatnite 5 years, 7 months ago

Sounds more like a save the wetlands: save the beavers program to me. Sure they want to employ them... but do they want to add to their degree programs? Thats what they really need. Make this a four year degree program with students who actually graduate, than you will see more of a postive reaction. "More chances for Haskell faculty to drive research forward " Sounds more like a program for the Haskell faculty, first President Redman might want to teach his faculty how to attend classes they are suppose to be teaching? Start at the bottom and move up President Redman, you have many problems on your campus. You need more 4 year degree programs.

drillsgt 5 years, 7 months ago

they should do a EPA study on the football field in Haskell Stadium..on how bad it is and the adobe flats practice field and softball field..on how government money to maintain the fields is not getting there..its used for other things cause every year it looks worse..sorry for the teams that have to play on these field..the enviromental aspects of a field where they compete at, , and, the so called money being put in to it there it, should be tip top, they need to study why no improvements have been made ..the enviromental aspects of these fields need to be checked out..turf gas , no fumes in the air, save water, and money...

katatnite 5 years, 7 months ago

Read the Haskell News opinion today. EPA my a** ! So glad I go to KU ! Jayhawks rock !

katatnite 5 years, 7 months ago

P.S. I feel sorry for my friends who have little choice but to attend Haskell.

lil_frogy 5 years, 7 months ago

So who are you to criticize Haskell and its education program. For many of us, WE have graduated and continued on and received a masters and doctorates degrees from other institiutions. In comparison between institutions there is no difference in education. Haskell prepares any graduate to succeed, its the choice of the student to take advantage or not ,so do not criticize Haskell for the wrong doings of student choices. It is like any other college, and I am very proud that I am a part of the Haskell family. All these comments just reinforce why Native Americans need to be more educated and attend Haskell Indian Nations University because people want to keep us down and it just comes down to ignorance! I am a Lakota Winyan, Strong, and Proud!

Thank you my Haskell family and I love you ALWAYS!!


rtwngr 5 years, 7 months ago

Well come November, hopefully, the EPA will be on life support and then in January we'll unplug the machine and leave a "do not resuscitate" sign.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

Yea, we don't need no stinking communistical environment. Clean air and water are highly over-rated.

drillsgt 5 years, 7 months ago

we need better classes and teachers..real professors..not instructors...and some customer service........who's in charge of classes

bobandmywife 5 years, 7 months ago

Doesn't the EPA have enough of it's own problems? Kinda of like Haskell we guess. Do they intend to pay the Haskell students that they involve in this program? @drillsgt is right Haskell needs all of the things that person states and more. This EPA thing does the students no good. We expect that Dan Wildcat will somehow be the one who profits here and he does NOT have an environmental degree, except for the one he gave himself. Some more 4 year degree programs and some lobbying by that Haskell board is what is needed President Redman. I read over in Haskell News that one of your students assaulted one of your security guards why not start with safety on campus? Maybe your housing heads do need to go and take whoever is in charge of classes and customer service along with them. Again Haskell is a BIG waste of taxpayers money along with their good friends the EPA.

TrudySix 5 years, 7 months ago

EPA has nothing else to do but impose their empty government promises on Indian people...yeah, agreement my butt! The ink probably disappears after everyone leaves the room..ha..ha..

bobandmywife 5 years, 7 months ago

We would like to see exactly what this " program " will do for the Haskell students. Spelled out right in in the LJW. Is this a grant program? Who will over see it? Hopefully someone with a REAL degree in environmental studies. What type of monies is involved? How much? Will this help give Haskell the 4 year degree programs it needs? When will it start? Exactly what will student involvement be? Hopefully not to hire them before they get a 4 year degree. Are taxpayers footing this, since they do foot the EPA? Come LJW reporters let get some answers.

erck85 5 years, 7 months ago

The usual suspects are out and about spreading misinformation again. As advice to anyone who doesn't know much about Haskell and the way that federal institutions operate, take most of what you see with a grain of salt.

There are a lot of folks who seem to get pretty fired up about a local institution that has little to do with them, other than tax dollars which are part of legally binding agreements. So in effect, you're voicing an opinion that has no bearing, other than the exception of hearing your own "voice" on the internet.

This EPA partnership seems to be another program that could possibly benefit Haskell depending on the way that it is managed. Perhaps the program should be given a chance to operate before judgements are made on who is going to take part and on what grounds. From my understanding Dr. Wildcat is not presenting himself as the all-knowing authoritarian that you all make him out to be, but rather he is bringing people together for critical discourse. Oh, such audacity. Name another place that indigenous scholars, Native elders and scientists have the opportunity to work collaboratively. I know that it is beyond the scope of some folks to think that other people may inherit the earth after us; but then again, that may be too revolutionary for some of you all.

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