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About Lawrence

Lawrence has a charming downtown filled with eclectic shops, beautiful green spaces, and tons of music venues and art galleries. No matter what you’re hungry for, you’ll find it on Massachusetts Street, where there is a diverse selection of locally owned restaurants. Additionally, Kansas City, which boasts a wide variety of cultural venues, is only 30 miles away. Learn more about our community, traditions, and life on campus from KU Admissions.

Haskell Cultural CenterLawrence is also home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the oldest intertribal university in the U.S. whose admission is open to members of federally recognized tribal nations.Haskell opened in 1884 as an elementary school with just 22 students. Today, Haskell has evolved into a university that offers 12 associate's degrees as well as bachelor's degrees in elementary education, business administration, environmental science and American Indian studies. With more than 1,000 students, Haskell’s community represents a diverse body of tribes.

Haskell's campus is home to 12 buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Landmarks, numerous sculptures and murals, and several annual cultural and academic events. Sites of interest on the campus include the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame located in Coffin Sports Complex, Haskell Memorial Stadium/Arch, the Garden of Healing, Medicine Wheel Earth Work, and the Haskell Cultural Center. Visit Haskell’s website for more information.

Learn more about Lawrence at visitlawrence.com or lawrence.com.


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Local Events

AbOriginal: Native American Hip-Hop ArtistFrank Waln Performance
Highland Community College Cultural Series
Monday, January 28 | 7 p.m.
Waln will be presenting, through storytelling and music, about his experience as an Indigenous person in America.
Highland Community College
606 W. Main St., Highland, KS 66035
Free, but tickets required.

Native Faculty & Staff Council Snack and Chat
Tuesday, January 29 | 5 p.m.
Office of Multicultural Affairs classroom
University of Kansas
Topics TBD
Snacks provided; all KU faculty, staff and students welcome

KU International Jayhawk Festival
Thursday, February 7 | 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Daisy Hill Commons, University of Kansas
Celebrate the cultural diversity of KU and Haskell with activities, performances, tables by international student groups, area studies programs, study abroad and more. Free T-shirts and food, while supplies last.
Free and open to KU students, Haskell students and prospective KU students

Haskell Spring Welcome Back Powwow
Saturday, February 9 | 4 p.m.
Coffin Sports Complex, Haskell Indian Nations University
155 Indian Avenue, Lawrence, KS
Open to the public

Native Faculty & Staff Council Snack and Chat
Tuesday, February 26 | 5 p.m.
Office of Multicultural Affairs classroom
University of Kansas
Topics TBD
Snacks provided; all KU faculty, staff and students welcome

Native Faculty & Staff Council Snack and Chat
Tuesday, March 26 | 5 p.m.
Office of Multicultural Affairs classroom
University of Kansas
Topics TBD
Snacks provided; all KU faculty, staff and students welcome

Haskell College and Career Fair
Thursday, April 4 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Coffin Sports Complex, Haskell Indian Nations University
155 Indian Ave., Lawrence, KS
Contact Angelina Adams at 785-830-2775 for more information

KU Powwow and Indigenous Cultures Festival
Saturday, April 6 | Noon
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66045
Free and open to the public

Native Faculty & Staff Council Snack and Chat
Tuesday, April 23 | 5 p.m.
Office of Multicultural Affairs classroom
University of Kansas
Topics TBD
Snacks provided; all KU faculty, staff and students welcome

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