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Saturday’s Experience Haskell event invites community to do just that

A sign at the entrance to Haskell Indian Nations University is shown Friday, Aug. 5, 2016.

A sign at the entrance to Haskell Indian Nations University is shown Friday, Aug. 5, 2016.

October 13, 2017


Haskell Indian Nations University is inviting the community to “experience” everything the historic school has to offer.

This weekend, Haskell students, faculty and staff will host “Experience Haskell: Native Lawrence,” a second annual event showcasing the university’s history, culture and educational environment. Festivities, which range from campus tours and student panels to traditional Native American music, games and cuisine, will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Haskell, 155 Indian Ave.

Eric Anderson, a professor in Haskell’s Indigenous and American Indian studies department, is serving as project director of the event. He said “many people don’t realize what a treasure we have in our midst,” referring to Haskell’s standing as “the de facto national Indian university.”

The school, despite attracting students from tribes across the country, doesn’t see nearly as many local visitors as its neighbor on Mount Oread, Anderson said. He’s hoping events like “Experience Haskell” will change that.

“We want them to know they can come on out for more than just the Indian Art Market and the powwow, and we want them to see the amazing things our students are doing,” Anderson, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, said of his fellow Lawrencians.

This year’s Experience Haskell event occurs in conjunction with Haskell’s homecoming events on Friday and Saturday, also open to the public.

Admission is free, but visitors might want to bring cash if they plan on purchasing food. There will probably be Indian tacos on hand, Anderson said, along with other Native culinary staples. Students might also take the opportunity to sell artwork and crafts, he said.

For a complete schedule of Experience Haskell activities, check out the “Experience Haskell” event page on Facebook. Then, start your visit Saturday by picking up a map and event flier at the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum at 2411 Barker Ave.


Jeffry Helms 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Haskell wants to get "community" invite after all race bashing and racial miss teaching in the native community etc.---I still have not heard one complaint about other than mine--I'm shocked at the "non american" teachings and lectures-which my mom (lectures) pretty much started wrongly during wounded knee and brought in a race( not really a racial issue at time) in a negative manner wrongly.-NOt a legacy to teach--if "it" is to be taught--then in a constructive manner with Lake Champlain etc and E-coli etc issues to evenly discuss the issues--not racial tyranny to take away from the very race you are supposed to "about"--why even bother--why bother having a indian school if your teaching racial wrong racial tyranny ??

Jeffry Helms 6 months, 2 weeks ago

AND-you guys would have at least 5 times more casino and art revenue without the racial abuse-which is pretty much using the "natives" for a play off the drug dealer primarily etc.-AND would you look at a art piece after being race bashed or seeing "it'? Artists and Musicians can't get "racial" because their "income" has to be viewed or listened too-and if it involves race bashing--that's a determining factor etc( I'm still a first amendment advocate etc.-regardless ).--AND--dishonoring someone's "death" , like back in the day with the conflicts etc.-is against the person's who died wishes probably or primarily--if I wanted to die a warriors death-and someone in the future made my death seem like a racial abuse attack etc. ---I would be bummed out probably-that's what person wanted to die for--and people dishonor that with racial tyranny. ON another note--on the 1/8 issue at haskell-I'm pretty much "for" that decision etc. primarily because of alot of the 1/8 females playing us off the drug dealer for the hiv/aids trick etc. and that is horrifying and terrible event to be around etc. or a part of etc and alot of the 16th's stealing the money( playing like more quantum blood etc. or family fraud ) and financially persecuting us-I agree BUT-- only a few kansas 1/8ths would ever go to haskell-so no big deal--and you can't say the 1/8 males are not really that bad etc. AND why go out in public etc if everyone looks with a weird look on their face after all the racial tyranny etc.--not worth it--the racial tyranny will probably lead to a hypertrichosis plot-probably--and we all know what happens when 3-4 kids pop out with hair all over them--.

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