Haskell’s Color Guard: a Treasured Gem in Indian Country

The Haskell Veterans Association is the only known multi tribal color guard in Indian Country. The Haskell Veterans Association is a non-sanctioned club on campus run by five men who all served in one of the five branches of the United States military. They help bring in the flags that represent our country and Kansas…

Life After Haskell by Michael Begay

  Every student must make the step to better their life by coming to Haskell and begin process of hard work and dedication I order to achieve an Associates and/or Bachelor’s Degree. Haskell is just the first step, when one is finished their time at Haskell what is the next step in life? What to…

Tribalism: Is it real? By Timothy Barber

  With Haskell being a university distinctly for Native Americans. Students from different tribes face discrimination amongst each other. Historically tribes did war with one another, but does this still occur in the 21st century? A student who wanted to remain anonymous said they “had to transfer out of a class one semester because of…

The Start of a Movement

Recently the Indian Leader covered the group of students who attended Unity this past year. These same students are now bringing Unity to life for the Native youth in Lawrence, KS. Troy Watterson a sophomore help spearhead the Unity group for Haskell so they could form a council for Native youth who have great potential…

Indian Leader turns 120!

The world’s oldest Native American-run student newspaper, and Haskell’s own, The Indian Leader, will be celebrating 120 years of publication this year. In addition to providing information about events happening on and around Haskell, students reporting for The Indian Leader have had the opportunity to report on news of national and international importance. Charlie Perry,…

What is AIHEC? by Michael Begay

What is AIHEC? AIHEC stands for The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), which is made up of the nation’s tribaly and federally controlled colleges and universities. AIHEC is made up of 37 Tribal Colleges and Universities throughout the United States. “AIHEC’s inception in the mid-1970s is advocacy—telling the stories of the Tribal College Movement….

Ethically Blameless: A Report on Cultural Imperialism, by Sabrena Rope

Powwows are defined as a gathering of medicine men and spiritual leaders which usually referred to a religious ceremony (Manataka American Indian Council). It has been Americanized today in the sense of almost everything it is. Even the word doesn’t have its original pronunciation of pauwau. Through the use of modernized colors and regalia made to…