KU Holds Native American Appreciation Day at Baseball Game

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Native Americans were honored by the university as the Jayhawks took on the Longhorns.

By Charlie Perry @CharlieHPerry

Lawrence KS-The Kansas Jayhawks (KU) feel to the Texas Longhorns (TEX) in a slug fest 16-7 on April 19th. KU may have lost the game but they made big strides with the Native American community by holding “Native American Appreciation Day” at Hoglund Ballpark. Pow Wow dancers entertained the crowd before the baseball game. The Haskell Indian Nations University Color Guard was also in attendance to present the colors. Ms. Kickapoo 2015 also made an appearance along with students from the Kickapoo High School. The Haskell Campus Activities Department gave out free tickets to the game throughout the week drawing in quite a crowd.

The Haskell Color Guard presents the colors before KU took on Texas.

The Haskell Color Guard presents the colors before KU took on Texas.

“I like and respect the collaboration. I’ve seen a lot of Natives come out to be a part of the appreciation day. I think the exchange program and the relationship we have with KU is positive for the Native American community. It also gives KU students the opportunity to be exposed to Native culture and vice versa,” said Haskell sophomore Taylor Hicks. 2015 Ms. Haskell candidate Brettnee Beartrack added, “It certainly helped my decision on what to do this afternoon. I think any collaboration that brings KU and Haskell together is great. I look forward to participating in any activities between the two schools.

Local Pow Wow dancers entertained the crowd before the start of the game. Photo courtesy of   Landri Mkites James.

Local Pow Wow dancers entertained the crowd before the start of the game. Photo courtesy of Landri Mkites James.

When students were asked to comment on the game itself Hicks stated, “I’m enjoying the game a lot. Both teams are playing well and it’s a beautiful day out here. I’m glad that I got the opportunity to participate due to the Haskell Student Activities Department. Beartrack looked at the game as a great way to spend time with family, “My family is in town and we are baseball fans! From little league to the pros, we like watching.

Haskell students Angelica Mora and Vanessa Haswood pose for a picture.

Haskell students Angelica Mora and Vanessa Haswood pose for a picture.

There was a solid Native American turnout at the event but Hicks thinks more can be done to advertise the event to Haskell students. “I appreciation the student activities department getting students tickets and planning these events, but I do know many students don’t find out about the events in time. I only know because I stop in Tecumseh Hall periodically and see what’s going on. I think emails from the student activities department would be a great way to get the word out on these events and draw more students to attend.

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The Texas Longhorns came out on top 16-7 over the Jayhawks.

 

One thing is for sure Natives and non-Natives alike came together to enjoy a fun filled day of baseball, and that is good medicine indeed.