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Violence and abuse against American Indian women?

Violence and abuse against American Indian women?

Who actually knows more about this than Venida Chenault? If you need an expert on bullying and hate mail campaigns, apparently Haskell Indian Nation University in Lawrence, Kansas has the country's foremost authority?

This weekend Venida travels to Arizona State (her son works in Phoenix so it will be a nice holiday vacation at Haskell's expense..oh, shame on us we thought Haskell was broke ) share her strategies with others.

Last weekend Dan Wildcat, another Haskell Indian Nations University expert on something other than what he was academically prepared to do, was a speaker at American Indian Higher Education Consortium's ( AIHEC ) forum.

Here Wildcat noted that according to his mentor, Vine Deloria, he (Wildcat) had no point since he had no powerpoint! Thankfully some other government agency was paying for that trip.

Thanks to those of you who provide insightful private comments to us; it keeps us going!

haskellnews commentary 04/22/2011


Larry Echohawk, has a funny way ….. as he puts it of “Advancing Indian Education”.

"The Bureau of Indian Education (B.I.E.) is one of only two agencies in the Federal government that manages a school system, the other being the Department of Defense. Education is critical to ensuring a viable and prosperous future for tribal communities and American Indians. It is this Department’s goal to improve Indian education and provided quality educational opportunities for those students who attend the 183 BIE funded elementary and secondary schools and dormitories located on 64 reservations in 23 states and serving approximately 41,000 students"... Larry Echohawk, Asst' Secretary -Indian Affairs.

Larry Echohawk, has a funny way ..... as he puts it of “Advancing Indian Education".

In the above speech given on March 8th, 2011, before the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, Committee on Natural Resources and U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Echohawk states that education is critical to American Indians, yet aren't American Indian schools that he is in charge of falling apart?

Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, has been without a president for two years. During that time hasn't the school taken a notable dive? Haven't graduation rates during the last two years dropped from nine percent to one percent? Have not various people been “in charge"? Are they not losing their football and volleyball teams? Have they not lost some of their best employees since the departure of Dr. Warner? Do they not have a high rate a crime for such a small campus? Isn't the head of their board of regents (George Tiger) to under- educated to try and lead a “university board”? Haven’t charges been brought against Mr.Tiger by his own tribe for missing funds? ( how many times has the board under George's leadership gone to Washington D.C. and actually lobbied congress for money for Haskell? Isn't that a part of their job?

Because of Larry Echohawk's great concern for American Indian Education hasn't Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) lost their accreditation?

Maybe, there was a time Mr. Echohawk that American Indians would have just taken all of this? We are thinking that time might be over with? Don't you think tribes are going to start calling for accountability on your part? We doubt tears will do the trick this time.

haskellnews commentary March 03, 2011



Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, lands on CBS Money Watch Hall of Shame.

Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, lands on CBS Money Watch Hall of Shame.

For the second time in less than a year (Feb 2, 2011) Haskell Indian Nations University has been placed on a list of the top 25 universities with the lowest graduation rates in the country. This time earning its place in CBS Money Watch Hall of Shame, after earning it’s spot at # 14 on the list with a one percent graduation rate. Down from a previously reported nine percent graduation rate from Washington Monthly’s worst college rankings (

Lynn O’Shaughnessy a contributor for CBS Money Watch made the discovery after researching the federal education database called IPEDS.

She states” you are probably more likely to find a $100 bill laying on the sidewalk than earn a diploma from these schools in four years” and “These schools surely have not shown an institutional will to help students actually earn degrees, which makes me wonder what purpose they serve".

We too would like to know what purpose Haskell serves, when they are only graduating one percent of their students.

For more information:

Photo used with permission of Ms. Lynn O’Shaughnessy

haskellnews commentary



Is enrollment down at Haskell Indian Nations University?

Is enrollment down this semester at Haskell Indian Nations University?

Instead of its normal 900 student enrollment, could it be hovering around 590 students this semester? Maybe, some of the tribes, students and parents heard that they were only graduating nine percent of their students and sent them elsewhere?

Maybe they heard about the guess who is president at Haskell this week? So the students went elsewhere?

Maybe they heard about George Tiger and all of the problems he is having with his own tribe (www.thevoicesofcourage) and decided he should definitely not be President of The Haskell Board of Regents? So, the students went elsewhere?

Maybe they heard about Princess Crazyhair (A.K.A Julia Goodfox) helping to organize and encourage Haskell students to take trips Palestine? So, the students went elsewhere?

Maybe, they heard about the kid being put into a coma, and the recent rapes, and arrests on campus? (Has Haskell ever passed the National Incident Management System ( NIMS) requirements)? So, the students went elsewhere?

Maybe, the good students are tired of the bad students always being readmitted, by JA? So, the students went elsewhere?

Maybe, the students are afraid the some powers to be will make Venita Chenault the next president of Haskell? So, the students went elsewhere?

Maybe, they are just good and tired of everything that is going on at Haskell, including no leadership. So, the students just went elsewhere?

haskellnews commentary Jan 18 ,2011


How do you hire a college president?

How do you hire a college president?

Normally you would put someone in charge (a chancellor or a president of a system) who has years and years of experience and who actually has been a college faculty member and administrator herself. How does the BIE hire a college president?

You put a group of federal bureaucrats together because they represent the President's party and tell them to be sure to hire someone who contributed to the last election (and who won't cause trouble with FISE--federally ignoramuses & softheaded employees).

How long does a college Presidential search last? Normally college search teams begin in early fall for a hire the following June or August. It takes that long to screen the QUALIFIED applicants and the interview search team will select the few who get initial interviews and then those who will come to campus.

How long does a BIE college Presidential search last? 30 days; advertised nationally but not widely read venues by qualified applicants so they can control the applicant pool.

Normally do colleges hire their own graduates?

Occasionally colleges will hire individuals who have been on the faculty before if they are qualified, but rarely do they hire their own graduates (for The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) types this is called academic incest in higher education). Sorry we had to explain that to most people who actually know how higher education works, but most people aren't social workers or lawyers with no experience (called the Peter Principle by business majors).

Do the faculty, staff, and students have any input into who is the new president? Everywhere except Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.

What was the one thing the students were worried about when they did have input into the last hiring? The students were concerned that the President wouldn't stay; I bet that's a joke on Dr. Warner who no matter what VCEM's son keeps asserting actually did make decisions for students. We could list them but we will wait for a more appropriate time.

Last question, Will Venida Chenault be the next President of Haskell?

We're guessing even Keith Moore is too smart to let that happen? Maybe next time?

haskellnews commentary Dec 12, 2010


Dr. Linda Sue Warner leaves Haskell Indian Nations University; Accepts new post.

Dr. Linda Sue Warner has accepted a new post within the Bureau of Indian Education and resigned as President of Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence, Kansas. The announcement was made earlier today by Mr. Larry Echohawk, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs and months ago by George Tiger.

In the time that she was on campus, Dr. Warner tried to make vast improvements at Haskell, which were often met with criticism from The Haskell Board of Regents, who twice took a vote of no confidence against her. (We wonder how many times Dr. Warner took a vote of no confidence on them). However, this is a Board of Regents (many of whom themselves hold less then a bachelor’s degree and have been on Haskell’s board for way too many years), who since Dr.Warner’s departure from campus over a year ago, have stood by and let graduation rates drop to less than any other post-secondary institution we can find, the same Board of Regents that expected to get paid the minute they set foot on campus and the same Board that let the crime on Haskell’s campus get out of hand. You can thank Stephanie Birdwell and Larry Echohawk for supporting the Regents.

Improvements at Haskell somehow threatened them, and other members of the Haskell faculty (especially the ones who were called on the carpet for not doing their jobs).

Dr. Warner was way ahead of her time for the Haskell bureaucracy, at least she tried. Today the country will try to right itself as it elects new leaders; it is too late for Haskell and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute.

We tip our hats to Dr. Linda Sue Warner and wish her the best in her new endeavors.

haskellnews commentary Nov 02, 2010


Has Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Larry Echohawk, let American Indian Students down?

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute a two college for American Indians in Albuquerque, New Mexico lost its accreditation. Under the watchful eye of Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Larry Echohawk.

New Mexico, Senator Tom Udall, after visiting a majority of The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools in New Mexico, called for an indictment of all federal officials who let BIE schools get into such a tragic mess. Saying that most, if not all are unsafe for their American Indian students, he called the situation a NATIONAL EMERGENCY and NATIONAL DISGRACE from the United States President on down. All, under the watchful eye of Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Larry Echohawk.

Haskell Indian Nations University, the only four year college for American Indians run by The United States government, lost its well-heeded, University President and begun a one year plus, revolving door of acting administers on an almost weekly basis. The leadership became such a mess that Senator Pat Roberts, had to step in and he is still trying to clean up the mess. Haskell lost some of its best people in the chaos that followed including Safety Officer, Debra Thompson and The Education Department Chair, Russell Blackbird. Crime went up, graduation rates dropped to less then ten percent. Again, under the watchful eye of Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Larry Echohawk.

Has Larry Echohawk let down American Indian Students down? Ask President Barack Obama, he appointed him.

haskellnews commentary 11/01/2010

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Larry Echohawk’s Empty Promises.

Quote from Larry Echohawk:“We have also made strides in improving the delivery of education to Indian country, both within the BIE’s 183 schools and two universities that serve more than 42,000 Indian students, and within the traditional public school system that serves 95 percent of Indian students”.

Really, Mr.Echohawk ? Ninety one percent of Haskell Indian Nations University students in Lawrence, Kansas are not graduating, crimes are high for such a small campus, and when Dr. Linda Sue Warner was detailed off of The Haskell campus, leadership at Haskell went with her. Since, then, on almost a week by week, basis, Haskell has had new “Acting administers” and we are using that term loosely.

Quote from Larry Echohawk:“Improved public safety in Indian country is important to establish a climate where students can focus on their education and economic growth can take root. That is why we launched the most aggressive recruiting and hiring effort for BIA officers in history, to bridge the serious gap in officer staffing in Indian country”.

Improved public safety in Indian Country, should that not include Haskell Indian Nations University? The very university that Mr. Echohawk is in charge of ? Or do American Indian students not count? Haskell’s safety officer, Debra Thompson is now gone from Haskell, her talents and skills lost to Haskell, forever. Is there now yet another acting???

Mr. Echohawk’s big tears and promises of help for Haskell apparently had no true meaning. What has he done for Haskell and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI)? Detailed of one the best President’s Haskell Indian Nations University ever had, along with one of it’s best safety officers’ and teachers like Dr. Russell Blackbird, let graduation rates plumb it to almost zero, students are being raped and one even put into a coma, put Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn in charge of The Bureau of Indian schools.

Let Southwestern Indian Polytechnic lose their accreditation!

Mr. Echohawk and Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn cut loose a lot of Haskell’s best employees and held on to a lot of the not so good ones, including it’s Board of Regents speared headed by George Tiger (for more information on Mr.Tiger go to: The voices of Courage .com) a lot of the board members (not all) only hold two years degrees, if that, and have been sitting this board for many years.

What do they do? Their traveling expenses to come to Haskell are paid for by Haskell, along with lodging and board (can some empty dorm rooms not to found for them? Can they not eat at Cutis)? They are paid for their time there and ran to Wal-Mart by Haskell employees. All the while crying to The Haskell students, Haskell has no money!

What does Haskell’s Board of Regents do for the Haskell students? Take away four year degree programs and sometimes ride on a float….too bad they don’t just float off of the Haskell campus.

Who put Larry Echohawk in charge? Oh, yes, President Barack Obama, we would like to thank him too.

How big is a mess, when U.S. Senators have to become involved and try to clean it up?

By the way we sincerely want to thank Senator Pat Roberts who continues trying to clean up Larry Echohawk’s and Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn’s mess.

Keep crying Mr. Echohawk…your tears mean nothing anymore.

Larry Echohawk’s quotes and full article can be found at:

haskellnews commentary

October 30, 2010.


George Tiger and Haskell Indian Nations University President’s Office cancels Board of Regents meeting.

George Tiger and The Haskell’s President’s Office ( the acting this week is Clyde Peacock) has canceled the November 2010 Board of Regents meeting due to a lack of quorum.

Funny, we thought you had to actually be at the meeting to see if a quorum exists or not. Besides if George Tiger is going to be there, he thinks highly enough of himself to be the quorum. Just ask his own tribal members at The Creek Nation. Link:

Not that the Haskell Board of Regents needs to meet. All they seem to accomplish is spending the schools money and canceling four year programs.

Never mind all of the current problems Haskell is now facing, the crime on campus, the lack of graduates, and no leadership whatsoever at the school.

George Tiger is right, this particular board of regents needs too stay where they are at.... at home.

haskellnews commentary October 28, 2010.


Does Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, follow federal guidelines?

Since Haskell Indian Nations University is a federal school ran by The Bureau of Indian Education, we wonder, are they following federal policy ?

Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn and her posse ( the usual suspects, Dan Wildcat, Venida Chenault, Stan Holder, Chris Redman and assorted minions ( all of whom can travel on Haskell’s program dime) were at Haskell this past week trying to figure out how Haskell could “Give Back” the “Great Outdoors”. Say, shouldn’t that be “take back?” Maybe the activist VCEM and her think tank group in American Indians Studies should read Cobell v. Salazar ( ).

If they want to work on something they should meet and to figure out how to keep Haskell’s accreditation since Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute just lost theirs with these folks at the helm. Or maybe figure out what those graduation rates, or lack of, are telling them. Maybe they could figure out that the more unqualified folks you hire? without advertising? the worse that place will get…We know, let’s work on a code of ethics for the Board of Regents, who wouldn’t meet and vote on it anyway.

Or maybe they should be figuring out what to do about the fact that someone in personnel might be recommending George Tiger’s ( for more on George Tiger google: thevoicesofcourage/georgetiger) unqualified friends for jobs?…..or maybe they should figure out how many people are going to get really hurt in those cells they call dorm rooms before the Bureau of Indian Education / Bureau of Indian Affairs gets sued out of existence? Actually, now that we think of it, the faction running Haskell right now has been unable to figure out anything productive to help the school.

What about housing? whoever, is currently in charge of Haskell ( if such a person exists)? needs to check and see if their federal employees ( specifically supervisors) are following federal guidelines? Which state: Federal employees may not solicit a contribution from another employee for a gift to either his own or the other employee's official superior. (b) Or solicit Gifts ( maybe borrowing money or asking for rides )? from employees receiving less pay. ( Link: This could not be happening on the Haskell campus...could it???

With a nine percent graduation rate one might be inclined to think the employees at Haskell should in every way be towing the line right now, which should include following federal policy for their own school.

Thanks Keith Moore and Larry Echohawk for “looking into the situation” at Haskell Indian Nations University.

haskellnews commentary Sept 27, 2010.