Haskell News

Not our ways’: Haskell president reacts to alleged rape in campus dorm
November 20, 2014
This has been a difficult week at Haskell Indian Nations University. Emotions are running high on the small campus after two male students were arrested and charged with raping a female student last weekend in a residence hall. Haskell cannot brush this under the rug, said university President Venida Chenault, who reacted to the assault in an interview this week with the Journal-World. By Sara Shepherd
Haskell wants Title IX efforts to affect sexual, domestic violence across Indian Country
November 3, 2014
More American Indian and Alaska Native women have been raped than any other specific race, according to this year’s White House report on sexual assault. Overall, the report says, few rapists are strangers. There aren’t many violent crimes reported at tiny Haskell Indian Nations University. But school leaders say the culture of sexual and domestic violence — and reluctance to report — that many students encounter back home does find its way to campus. By Sara Shepherd
Haskell University adopts new strategic plan after lapse
October 9, 2014
After a process dragged out over nearly five years and multiple school presidents, Haskell Indian Nations University has formally updated its strategic plan. Key goals of the Haskell 2020 plan— which officials say is important for reaccreditation and securing funding — include improving graduation rates, tapping new revenue sources, retaining employees and lassoing data to help improve the school. By Sara Shepherd
Haskell Foundation reorganizing after years of problems, inactivity
October 8, 2014
The Haskell Foundation is resurrecting, in hopes of overcoming a scandalous past and reviving its mission to raise much-needed funds for Haskell Indian Nations University. This year the Foundation has worked on building the infrastructure to properly manage incoming grants and determining what staffing and procedures are needed so “we don’t repeat history,” new Haskell President Venida Chenault said. By Sara Shepherd
Haskell looks to future with inauguration of new president
September 17, 2014
Focus was on the future Wednesday at Haskell Indian Nations University, as the school inaugurated alumna Venida Chenault as its seventh president. Chenault herself, who was a single mother on government assistance before amassing multiple college degrees, trumpeted what higher education can do for the American Indian people and said Haskell is a critical tool. By Sara Shepherd
Haskell University looks to hire new athletics director
04:14 p.m., July 31, 2014 Updated 05:03 p.m.
Haskell Indian Nations University is looking for an interim athletics director, after the most recent director has returned to a faculty position at the school. By Sara Shepherd
Haskell commencement celebrates more than 180 graduates
May 9, 2014
Haskell’s spring 2014 graduating class saw 85 students earn bachelor’s degrees and more than 100 graduate with associate degrees. Friday’s commencement ceremony brought in officials and dignitaries from around the country, including Bureau of Indian Education director Charles Roessel, who gave the commencement address. By Ben Unglesbee
Haskell regents look at raising admissions standards, budget constraints
May 8, 2014
Haskell’s board of regents looked at a proposal to raise admissions standards as a way to cope with the high drop-out rates and budget constraints. They also heard presentations on campus operations, finances and other aspects of the university. The university saw a bump in funding after last year’s sequestration cuts, but the university still struggles to meet all its needs. By Ben Unglesbee
Haskell’s Board of Regents discusses budget woes, approves fee increase
May 7, 2014
Haskell Indian Nations University’s Board of Regents met for the first time in more than a year on Wednesday. Members discussed the lingering effects of the federal sequestration cuts, which have left the university unable to fill some staff and faculty positions. They also approved a student fee increase suggested by Haskell’s Student Senate. By Ben Unglesbee
Haskell Empowerment Summit aims to inspire
April 7, 2014
A little empowerment can go a long way. That’s been the case personally for Maria Boyd, and she hopes the Indigenous Empowerment Summit she’s organized for Friday at Haskell Indian Nations University will do the same for fellow students. By Sara Shepherd
Indian tacos raise money, fill bellies at church’s monthly sale
April 3, 2014
Monthly Indian taco sales have been a tradition for more than 30 years at the Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church. Not only do they help the church raise needed funds, they give locals a chance to indulge in an Indian specialty rarely found on restaurant menus. By Sara Shepherd
Haskell student of year found ‘healing,’ inclusion on campus
March 15, 2014
On other campuses, Bobby Crow Feather always felt like he “stuck out.” The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe member is 30, gay, spent much of his youth in a small village in northern Saskatchewan and served in the Canadian army. When he arrived at Haskell Indian Nations University two years ago he’d just had a hip replacement. By Sara Shepherd
First-generation scholar hopes Haskell education leads to career helping others
March 15, 2014
Growing up in an unstable home on her Indian reservation, Kassie James didn’t have much direction and didn’t feel like she had anyone she could relate to. Now James is close to graduating from Haskell Indian Nations University. Next stop, Washburn University, where she plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work with hopes of helping others in the shoes she once wore. By Sara Shepherd