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Is Haskell Indian Nations University’s New Windfall Just The Old TRIO Grant? No, It's Not.


A comment started us thinking: Is Haskell Indian Nations University’s new windfall, just the old TRIO grant? The same one it has received for many years?

We looked around to see if an announcement had been put out by President Obama’s Team, about Indian schools receiving new monies and found...well …..nothing…..

The TRIO grant is given to schools by the Federal Department of Education , Haskell has received it for the past several years.

If this is what Haskell has just received, then it adds nothing new to their budget and would be an awful way to deceive The Haskell Student Body, The Indian Communities that Haskell Students represent, it’s employees and the public as a whole ( including The Lawrence Journal World ).

The TRIO Grant could be used for The “new” Haskell Success Center….but ,isn’t that just the old TRIO program with a new name?

Is it the TRIO Grant or isn’t it the TRIO Grant?

The question remains, have the current “leaders” at Haskell Indian Nations University tried to pull one over on all concerned?

haskellnews commentary

Sept 30,2010.

We have to add an addendum to this blog, we have found the answer to our question.

This just out from The U.S. Dept of Education: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that 63 grant awards, totaling nearly $53 million, from the American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCU) Program will go to colleges and universities that serve American Indian students. The grant awards will provide funding to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.

“Reforming Native education has never been more important,” Secretary Duncan said. “To do what is best for Native students, we must collaborate with people who know the students and communities. These grants will provide funding to help tribal colleges and universities offer high quality educational opportunities for American Indian students.”

And this from The Kansas City Star “We did not apply for this and we didn’t know we were getting it,” said Stephen Prue, university spokesman. “This was awarded to us based on our track record, on how we have spent other grant money in the past.”

Venida Chenault, a university vice president, said on Wednesday that Haskell has a long list of needs and the grant will go a long way to help “enhance the educational experience for our students.”

Haskell administrators have until the end of October to develop a plan for spending the money. That plan then has to be approved by the federal education department. Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/09/30/2264499/surprise-grant-gives-haskell-a.html#ixzz119noqoCn


enoughalready 7 years, 1 month ago

Are you talking about the TRIO program.

enoughalready 7 years, 1 month ago

and actually the Trio program has been a constant has it not on the campus? There used to be a student support services program awhile back that did pretty much what Prue said the new center is going to do. The "counselors" I can't recall their titles..were Melissa Holder and Dena Drye I believe. I don't know what TREO is?

haskellnews 7 years, 1 month ago

We stand corrected and have made the change from TERO to TRIO. haskellnews commentary

goldpurple6 7 years, 1 month ago

Is it TRiO or is it Title III? Two different grant awards. Also, $1.6 million over how many years? What are the other tribal colleges doing with their funding? If I were the higher ups in DC and the DoE I would be concerned with the lack of leadership and lack of student support services at Haskelland demand Haskell be reviewed frequently to see how they are using the funds.. Shouldn't the acting President be making a statement? Is he even involved with how this money will be utilized? The low graduation rate has to be taken seriously and everyone at Haskell had a role in the dismal numbers from the administration in which the majority have only worked for Haskell and government to the facutly who are not involved and just drawing paychecks to the unqualified staff who do not understand if it weren't for students they wouldn't have a job to the BIA and BIE for letting the leadership situation get out of control and not handling it like they should have. You just don't know who or what you can believe or trust these days when discussing Haskell.

katatnite 7 years, 1 month ago

I think Haskell currently is on it's 4th or 5th acting president. Just last week I heard through the grapevine the new guy Clyde Peacock is currently the acting president. What is his background? What degrees does he hold? How can people see his professional vita?

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