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Lawrence mayor says his talks with Delaware Indian tribe didn't involve casino

@tuschkahouma Thanks for the clarification, obviously I haven't worked in a legal profession for the past 10 years! I was just including information that I felt was relevant to this situation and the questions other readers had asked, especially based on the tone that the other article was taking.

July 26, 2013 at 3:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence mayor says his talks with Delaware Indian tribe didn't involve casino

The tribe will have two possible hurdles if they should try to open a casino in the area. Currently there exist legal battles throughout the country over 'land into trust' issues wherein a tribe buys land, has the land converted to 'trust' status in order to open a gaming operation. The case often referenced regarding this issue is Carcieri v Salazar, hurdle one.

Hurdle two, with regard to the 'tax' question is that according to the National Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 (I believe it was '88) in order to open a gaming operation the tribe must work with the state to form a compact (depending on the 'class' of gaming). In most, if not all, cases the state gets a very healthy sum of revenues, see PBPN casino and others throughout the country.

A possible benefit for the Lawrence community is that if hurdles one and two are cleared, there is not an incredibly large Delaware community base to which jobs would be given preference, therefore in an ideal world, jobs could be provided to the non-Native community of Lawrence.

July 24, 2013 at 7:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Haskell's president, Chris Redman, leaving for job in Oklahoma

Academic achievement in Native communities is often a difficult issue at the K-12 level, much less the post-secondary. Because of this, the challenge that Tribal College (and to a lesser extent mainstream college professors) will face is stacked against them and the student.

In the state of Arizona alone, which is one of the highest Native populated states, Native students are disproportionately behind their non-Native counterparts in both Indian Education Act-Local Eduacation Agencies as well as non IEA-LEA agencies (AZ Dept of Ed, 2012).

This has never been a problem that one Haskell administrator can solve but at least if the campus is moving collectively towards the same goal it becomes easier to obtain. Now that much of the acrimony on Haskell campus has been diffused (as compared to the past 5-7 years), maybe Haskell's staff/faculty will re-find their collective vision?

May 8, 2013 at 1:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mr. Chris Redman President of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS shakes things up.

@ drillsgt and bob: I have noticed a couple of things about your posts, mainly that when a person speaks up against 'haskellnews' propaganda, you automatically label the individual as a disgruntled employee. To flip your rationale back on you, what makes us so sure that you are not one of the Warner faithful? Still angry that she left you behind? It is quite apparent that your posts are made by more than one individual signing into the 'drillsgt' and 'bobandmywife' accounts, unless your writing and critical thinking skills just seem to come and go at semester end.
I also find it interesting that 'Haskellnews' would downplay their prior criticism of Chris Redman so long as they can make an attack on Dr. Chenault. Haskellnews, in your post on 9/10/12, you made a remark stating that Chris Redman should work from Lawrence (not Oklahoma), so do you really believe that Redman is taking the reins? or is this an opportunity to further slander Dr. Chenault?

September 17, 2012 at 3:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Lawrence Journal World persist in having problems getting requested records concerning Haskell Indian Nations University

The grade changing incident occurred while Dr. Chenault was doing her visiting scholarship at the University of Kansas. Don't try to deflect the issue on to someone else when anyone within the Haskell community knows the grade changing incident occurred while Warner, Juneau and the rest of the cronies were at the helm.

September 17, 2012 at 3:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Haskell Indian Nation University Students Suffer Again.

According to "Useta", yes the air is fixed.

August 31, 2012 at 3:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Haskell Indian Nation University Students Suffer Again.

Despite your obvious familiarity with this issue, I'll go ahead and re-frame for you. Treaties are not based on cultural or racial preference. Treaties are a result of nation to nation agreements, therefore, the 'preferential' treatment of Native people is a result of a political distinction, rather than being culturally based. If this is in fact a political distinction and Haskell is a result of trust responsibility based on contracts (which it is), Native people gave up land for certain concessions. Are you saying that you're willing to give up the land for which this country is based in order to negate the contract signed by the political entity for which you are a constituent? Or do Native people get to keep Haskell?
To say that Native people today haven't had their culture taken from them is the most ridiculously ignorant thing I've heard today. Maybe try researching the Native boarding school era in which Native children were forcibly removed from their homes (fits the UN definition of genocide, finally a cultural distinction) and taught that their language and cultures are bad. Fast forward two-three generations and language and culture are both dying as a result.
Blood quantum is controlled by the individual tribes in accordance with sovereignty, and in agreement with the Indian Reorganization act, the individual tribe may set their own guidelines for membership. The freakishly barbaric part is that the concept was set forth by the United States so that, theoretically, at some point the United States would no longer be required to fulfill their end of the contract as the citizens of the politically distinct community would no longer exist by definition of "blood quantum".

August 31, 2012 at 3:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Haskell reaches deal to bolster interaction with Environmental Protection Agency

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.

February 5, 2012 at 12:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A new semester has begun and we hear Chris Redman is doing a good job.

-There are around 30 tribal colleges spread throughout most of the country, but each one will likely have it's own culture as dictated by the area tribe(s). Haskell is probably the only tribal college in the country that has such unique heritage and a distinct campus culture that provides students with the opportunity to learn about the similarities and differences from one tribe to the next, one region to the next. One of the most important things about the AIS degree is the fact that so much is learned about federal tribal policy and the effects of colonization on many different tribes. As Native people it is of great importance to understand the rights and responsibilities of our sovereign powers. Because this becomes a melting-pot of Native cultures from across the country, you would be at a difficult task to provide another example of where the effects of tribal policy would be better represented in one or two rooms.

-The problem with shutting down Haskell is that the university was established in partial fulfillment of trust responsibility; so in essence, to shut down Haskell could mean that part of that responsibility would go unfilled.

-By comparing Haskell too closely to KU, you are making an apples and oranges comparison between Public and Tribal college systems. KU would not ask their students to lobby for more money simply because their students are paying substantial fees that are not paid at Haskell (due to trust responsibility). KU also brings in a very high amount of grant dollars (not sure, but I would definitely assume that KU's grant monies alone are significantly more than the operating costs of Haskell's total budget). Katatnite, you are right that attempts have been made to raise fees, however previous attempts were sought after with unchecked accounting practices, where the students felt there was no transparency as to where money was going. I know that many students do not support athletic teams due to what is becoming a losing tradition by entitled groups of players (emphasis on the GROUPS portion as that remark is not aimed at all of Haskell's scholar/athletes). As previously suggested, if students who did not take education as seriously were required to pay higher fees, perhaps Haskell would have more resources and better retention.

-Katatnite, you are right on track that Haskell does need answers. These answers are typically acquired by having well thought out critical discussion, not by making inaccurate and inane remarks on an anonymous blog followed by stabbing remarks from a bandwagon core group of followers. Thank you for reading.

January 24, 2012 at 2:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A new semester has begun and we hear Chris Redman is doing a good job.

Katatnite, if you have an issue with Haskell "calling themselves" a University, perhaps you should take that up with the NCA/HLC. This is the accreditation granting organizations/bodies that sets standards for colleges and universities such as the University of Kansas and Kansas State University ( Obviously if Haskell has accreditation, it is not a matter of incorrectly labeling themselves as a University. You may also want to review the "american school search" resource before putting too much faith into that,, shows that this website has been known to misinterpret/misconstrue data, especially regarding small schools.

Also, soft money is grant money that is not ever-present. It is only guaranteed for a short period of time and if the grant is not renewed, then that money is essentially lost due to start up fees. Additionally, Haskell is routinely underfunded for the degree programs that are in place, how could they possibly expand when there isn't enough to begin with. The only way that I see progress for campus improvement is additional lobbying for funds by the students (from my understanding, federal employees are barred from doing such), or an increase of fees. It is very true that without Haskell, many Native students would not have the opportunity to attend college but that does not mean that they should not be held to a standard. Perhaps, continually low fees for students who maintain high GPAs would provide incentive for taking academics more seriously.

January 23, 2012 at 2:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )