Posts tagged with Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
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
"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? (thevoicesofcourage.com) 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
This past week Brigham Young University's ( BYU) starting center Brandon Davies was suspended for the rest of the season for an unspecified violation of team rules.
It was with high hopes that we watched as BYU’s Larry Echohawk took the reins as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs. Unfortunately we anticipated that he would bring some of those high Mormon standards with him.
Instead those high hopes were dashed. Under pressure from Senator Pat Roberts, Larry Echohawk made a onetime quick stop at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, leaving empty teary eyed promises, never to be heard from again. He remains silent as Haskell guts its volleyball and football programs, even though Larry himself played football for Brigham Young University.
Then Larry stood by as Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, lost their accreditation.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs vs. Brigham Young University; All in all Larry Echohawk has been a disappointment for American Indian education. President Barack Obama should have left Larry at BYU.
haskellnews commentary 03/05/2011
United States Dept. of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Echohawk announced that The Bureau of Indian Education will participate in Mrs. Obama’s Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) Challenge (didn’t Dr. Linda Sue Warner have a similar program called Healthier Haskell)? We wonder whatever became of that?
Does Mr. Larry Echohawk not have bigger worries? Take for example Haskell Indian Nations University’s graduation rates (the fact that there almost aren’t any)? Or the fact that Haskell still has no president, and no leadership? Or all the crime on Haskell’s campus? If he wants the campus to be healthier he might start out with a meal at Curtis. We are sure he and Mrs. Obama would enjoy that. As one commenter once put it Curtis serves “a hot dog with no bun and a taco salad with no salad”.
Or what about? Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute losing its accreditation under Mr. Echohawk’s watchful eye.
We would like to congratulate Mr. Larry Echohawk: Under his leadership American Indians students are failing at getting a post-secondary education. What really bothers us is no one seems to care since the departures of Dr. Linda Sue Warner, Ted Juneau, Deb Thompson, Dr. Russell Blackbird, Sharon Hallum and Dr.Ted Wright, who will be next the beloved Manny King?
Is Mr. Larry Echohawk paving the way for Senator Rand Paul to abolish The Bureau of Indian Affairs with his poor way of running American Indian Education?
Here is Senator Rand Paul's solution: INTERIOR........................................................$10,934,000,000. (78%) Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Indian Affairs are abolished.
Indian Health Services: Reduce 46 Percent
The federal government’s Indian Health Services agency is notoriously wrought with fraud. A June 2009 Government Accountability Office reports that “millions of dollars in property and equipment continue to be lost or stolen.” It is time to put an end to this blatant government waste and tighten the belt on such programs.
Bureau of Indian Affairs: Eliminate
For far too long, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has swindled and mismanaged billions of dollars in Indian trust funds. Former Special Trustee Thomas Slonaker in 2004 testified that they Department of the Interior and the BIA were incapable of reform and were unwilling to hold people accountable for their actions. In addition, Paul Homan also has testified before Congress saying that a “vast majority of upper and middle management at the BIA were incompetent. Instead of wasting taxpayer funds throwing money into a bureau of corruption and incompetency, eliminate them and allow the tribes to manage their own trust funds independently without government intervention.
Why should Mr. Larry Echohawk worry about American Indians getting an education? He gets paid whether they do or whether they don’t. He got his education and it was not at Haskell.
haskellnews commentary 02/26/2011
www.bia.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/text/idc013101.pdf http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/01/detailed-look-rand-paul-spending-bill http://www.randpaul2010.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Overview-500-billion-cuts-2.pdf
Will Senator Raud Paul close Haskell Indian Nations University and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute?
From Senator Raud Paul’s website: “For far too long, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has swindled and mismanaged billions of dollars in Indian trust funds. Former Special Trustee Thomas Slonaker in 2004 testified that the Department of the Interior and the BIA were incapable of reform and were unwilling to hold people accountable for their actions…. Instead of wasting taxpayer funds [by] throwing money into a bureau of corruption and incompetency, eliminate them and allow the tribes to manage their own trust funds independently without government intervention.”
Recently under the watchful eye of the Bureau of Indian Affairs/Education, three new employees were hired at Haskell Indian Nations University. With its current graduate rate (somewhere between one and nine percent) we have to ask is it a school or is it an employment agency?
Here’s great thinking for you. Someone in the Bureau of Indian Education put Venida Chenault in charge (we would laugh if it wasn’t so sad) of Haskell. We were hoping that maybe, just maybe, she would be beamed up onto the U.F.O. with her sister, so far not even the aliens are takers…….
Is Senator Raud Paul right? He certainly could not be proven wrong by the way The Bureau of Indian Affairs/Education is currently running Haskell and Sipi (Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute)( Haskell can’t graduate students, and Sipi isn’t accredited) .
Will Senator Raud Paul close Haskell Indian Nations University and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute? If he succeeds in closing the Bureau of Indian Affairs he will.
haskellnews commentary 02/17/2011