Haskell Indian Nations University has made a significant step forward within the local community. As a symbol of the continuing partnership between HINU and the City of Lawrence, the city commission passed a proclamation recognizing its “long and historic relationship with indigenous peoples of Lawrence.”
University Student Government Association (SGA) President William Wilkinson and Vice President Ahnawake Toyekoyah along with University’s Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jim Rains and Vice President of University Services Tonia Salvini represented HINU at the city commission meeting. Wilkinson presented a welcoming address to the city commission and a brief statement about the significance of the proclamation. Lawrence Mayor Lisa Larsen read and declared the week of October 6th – 13th, 2019 as Haskell Indian Nations University Week.
This week was to collide in conjunction with Haskell Homecoming, Day at the U event and to also represent as recognizing Haskell’s significance to Indigenous communities.
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Pictured Left: Vice Mayor Jennifer Ananda, Mayor Lisa Larsen, SGA President William Wilkinson, SGA VP Ahnawake Toyekoyah, Commissioner Stuart Boley, and Commissioner Mathew Herbert