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Mr.Mike Lewis the president of the Haskell's Bank is now the 6 ½ th President of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, really...... Michael Lewis????
Wasn't there student bank audits that were requested in 2008-09 that passed with flying colors? If we trust him to run a $20 million dollar operation ? Oh wait, we don’t think there was an audit. Was there ? Haskell's student bank remains ripe for a good forensic audit and Mr. Mike Lewis, who barely has any degree (education or A Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood ?) would also be in line for one....right????
Of course, on campus we all know that he is the puppet of the good Drs: did the last two real presidents have the goods to fire him ? Maybe but they probably were not backed by central office ? Were they ? So we have, with the departure of Chris Redman, a return to the pre-Swisher years ? We predict two things: one, that the informal interview ? Off campus, by Dr. Chenault with Gill Vigil, right before graduation will NOT be repeated for any other candidates ? And two, that Dr. Wildcat will not apply because “he doesn't want the headache” (translate that into I can’t produce a A Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood, not even an itty bitty one like Mike Lewis ?)
Isn't it a sad day for American Indian students and employees at Haskell when Mike Lewis is deemed the “best” The Bureau of Indian Affairs has to offer an institution with over a 100 year history? Considering his move up through the ranks, we would be surprised if he can spell the word “university” let alone know what it takes to create one??? If you don’t believe us, ask ANY of his direct line subordinates. ANY.....
haskellnews commentary 05/27/2013
Is the Secretary of Interior saddened to lose his staunchest Morman to the Mormon Church? Apparently Larry Echohawk really didn’t mean it when he told folks that he would stay an entire four years with the Obama administration? Did he really mean he would stay until his church called him home?
Isn’t this the moment Indians across the nation have been praying for?
Will his new position, allow Mr. Echohawk (who has an uncanny ability to cry at will) to testify that “all is well” full time?
Despite spending a bit of time making absolutely no positive changes for Indians? We wish him well in his new endeavor. He does seems eminently more qualified to cry than he did to actually make a positive difference in the lives of Indian people? Especially their biggest asset—their children.
He has succeeded where others have failed—was he able to stay longer than any recent Assistant Secretary because he chose to do absolutely nothing?
And his departure will provide a bit of levity too as we watch to see who scrambles to take his place. It will also be amusing to watch the Mormon’s who have safely sat surrounding him, providing Kleenex when he needed it, as they try to stay in their highly paid jobs?
Locally, nothing much will change. It is Haskell after all, and change is forbidden? Is it not?
And they have their own local self-identified Indian who can cry, with his eyes closed, and warn us about global destruction while students, under the tutelage of the Vice President for Academics, holds the tissue?
haskellnews commentary 04/12/2012
Is there an answer to any of the questions Keith Moore raised in any of that gesturing?
This video is proof that Larry Echohawk and Kenneth Salazar (and we wonder since he appointed them President Obama) are clueless about self - determination. We now have proof positive that Keith Moore is clueless. He accuses tribes of being unaccountable to Indian children when he leads the Agency that has an historical commitment to UNaccountability. What many hoped was a breath of fresh air and new leadership we now see as proof that the reasons our cultures listened to elders was because elders actually had experience or expertise. Most of the people reading this are better qualified than Keith Moore. Many of the people sitting in the audience listening to this diatribe in the video have their children or grandchildren in Keith Moore’s schools.
Are his kids in them? Or the better question would he consider his schools worthy enough.
Look at the lady behind him ( to the left) wearing a yellow jacket looks like at times she can hardly contain herself from breaking out and laughing.
We have decided to start with housing since many of our readers seem to have a great concern about housing at Haskell.
Apparently over the years little has changed with Haskell’s housing?
Haskell's housing has had the same department heads for years. Maybe it’s time for a change there? After all it may be hard to have new ideas with the same old leaders?
How much housing experience did these leaders bring with them when they were hired?
We understand there are still room checks? Not the safety checks that KU does. Haskell university students are treated as if they are attending a boarding school. Housing staff tells to clean their rooms. As if that is not injustice enough the housing staff actually enters students rooms to check and see if they are clean and for the grand finale they can be kicked out of the dorms for unclean rooms!
Do some students get back in the dorms because they run to someone to get a grade changed so now they once again qualify for the dorms? Who is that person who changes the grades? Grades are grades and once given should they not stand?
Seems like students complain a lot about not being able to find some of the dorm staff?
Why are they not where students can find them?
How about dorm safety? One dorm has 3 floors, yet there is no full time staff on floors two and three?
Is the only full staff in any of the dorms is only on the first floor?
These might be things that the new president would like to look into?
May we kindly suggest all student run dorms?
haskellnews commentary 01/25/2012
A new semester has begun and we hear Chris Redman is doing a good job. That is not to say that he has not inherited years’ worth of Haskell problems. Could the following be true? Haskell’s enrollment is still down? Haskell’s dorm situation is as bad as ever, as far as letting students be readmitted who should have been long gone? Haskell is still not graduating a majority of their students? Haskell continues to throw money at the AIS degree? A degree that most students cannot get a job with? Unless there are jobs for people willing to picket for the rights of beavers?? Do some housing people continue to work and do a good job while others simply don’t care? Or maybe we should rephrase that to a majority that doesn’t care? Maybe a change in the higher up people (T & T..AKA B&B) at housing would be a good start? After all housing is very important to how students succeed in school isn’t it? What about all student run dorms? Like at the real universities? After all this time where are the four year programs? Can a school really be a university with 3 or 4 four year degrees to choose from? Hang in there President Redman! haskellnews commentary 1/18/2012
A division of Time Magazine, Time Moneyland "Insights from your wallet to Wall street" has named Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas one of the 24 most affordable schools in the United States and has also labeled it a dropout factory. It's current total enrollment of approximately 800 students and dropping is not helping the situation. Since the departure of Dr. Warner the school has been on a steady down climb. What good is a school no matter how cheap it is if it can't graduate its students?
haskellnews commentary 10/23/2011
Breaking News: Congratulations to Mr. Chris Redman, new President of Haskell Indian Nations University.
Congratulations to Mr. Chris Redman, new President of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.
Good-luck, Mr. President !
haskellnews commentary 06/02/2011
Broken News (as opposed to Breaking News)
Some folks are laboring through telephone interviews with The Bureau of Indian Education’s (BIE) DC hierarchy under the presumption that they actually are a real candidate for the president of Haskell Indian Nations University.
Others are telling folks that they are travelling to Haskell to meet their new minions.
The phone interviews are likely the same pro forma (since the decision most likely has already been made) that made Kay Hayes “shop noteworthy” for ingraining a practice so that people think it is policy....they do the phone interviews, then they hire whomever they have already preselected.
Of course the applicants at Haskell will go through the same phone interviews even though folks in DC are finally savy enough to understand that if you keep supporting the same old thing, you will keep getting what you've always got.
Also it will prevent the fairer sex from claiming to be discriminated against on sexual preference (as opposed to the Bureau of Indian Education actually being discriminating in trying to find someone who is up to the job).
And also, homegrown Haskellites have proven that they don't have the Knowledge, Skill, and Ability (KSAs) to actually run a school; no matter how often you leave them in charge.
There is still a skill set they are missing. Replacing that skill set with bullying tactics has only endeared them to their Phoenix relatives.
So, we predict the next president of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas to be the Sioux fellow who has all but announced it himself.
Good luck buddy.
Man convicted of aggravated battery for injuring another man at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.
A man was convicted of aggravated battery for injuring another man at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.
He has been sentenced to serve 32 months in prison.
Full story at :www2.ljworld.com/news/2011/apr/19/lawrence-man-sentenced-32-months-prison-hitting-vi
haskellnews commentary 04/21/2011
And the next President of Haskell Indian Nations University is ……
The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) reportedly has a certificate with ten qualified applicants for President of Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence, Kansas. Of course the best qualified, Chris Redman, is back in Oklahoma City and essentially no one is currently in charge of Haskell. Some insiders belief the Navajo female candidate will soon be named (this would keep resident female applicant from filing any sex discrimination complaint) and others believe long-time Lakota friend to Keith Moore will be hired following the practice of hiring his buddies. Or will Dr. Linda Sue Warner be reassigned back to Haskell? Any of these choices assures the Haskell campus that Venida Chenault (VCEM) is not going to legitimately seize the helm.
In the meantime, Dr. Lionnel Bordeaux has called for a special session on Haskell at American Indian Higher Education Consortium(AIHEC's) upcoming meeting. AIHEC already has a formal resolution to remove Haskell from the BIE, and Dr. Bordeaux-once a Haskell Regent and most recently the convocation speaker for this semester, may be ready to get AIHEC to vote to cancel Haskell's membership, since it and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) are the only tribal colleges that aren't tribally operated and do not legally meet the definition of tribal college.
Tribal college presidents are used to fighting for their institutions, but usually it is against bureaucrats who reflect a tendency to interpret the world in terms of western and especially European or Anglo-American values and experiences and not like Haskell, where the leadership has to put up with a union that proposes to be so native that they don't have to really work, and instructors (there are no Professors) on that campus, who pretend to instruct through internships where students don't have to do anything except yell that they are native and have rights. That, by the way, is worth up to 8 credits.
It would be interesting to see what AIHEC presidents decide to do, especially since Dr. Bordeaux asked Haskell's resident Indian expert, the only non-Indian who gets to decide what goes on there, Dr. Dan Wildcat to make a presentation. What will be telling is what Keith Moore decides since he has made no attempt to fix the real problem at Haskell.
haskellnews commentary 04/11/2011