How many institutions can boast over 150 nations attending their university? Acting President Dan Wildcat, PhD. frames Haskell Indian Nations University as an “inter-nation-al” institution made up of the diverse tribal nations of Haskell’s students.
Haskell is looking to add to student diversity through an exchange partnership with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, The Maori Indigenous University. This partnership would include a graduate program for Haskell students. Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi already has partnership programs with other schools and is looking to add Haskell to that framework.
University professor and Chief Executive Officer Wiremu Doherty from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi visited the campus and met with Haskell’s President, Vice-President, Academic Deans, and the Haskell Foundation Director.
The day ended with a presentation in Tommaney Hall. Doherty outlined the political and social issues the Maori have had to overcome to have Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi as their university and for it to serve the needs of their community. Doherty also highlighted the similar narratives both Native Americans and the Maori face as Indigenous People.
This opens up many opportunities for students, especially those studying Indigenous and American Indian Studies who can explore a broader sense of what it means to be Indigenous.