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Lawrence 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 baccalaureate 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 includes 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 Stidham Union, 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 the Haskell/KU Partnership.

Haskell/KU Exchange Program
The purpose of the Haskell/KU Exchange Program is to give students at the University of Kansas an opportunity to take a class at Haskell Indian Nations University. KU students will enroll at KU but take the class on the Haskell campus. KU students will pay KU tuition and fees, must be in good academic standing, provide own transportation, abide by the Haskell academic calendar, and purchase textbooks and other materials from the Haskell campus shop.

Learn more about the Exchange Program here.

Research Protocol for Joint Work with Haskell
Any KU faculty, staff, and students interested in joint research-related studies with faculty, staff, or students at Haskell Indian Nations University should contact Freda Gipp in the Office of the President at HINU. She coordinates all such work and is aware of plans already in progress. She can be reached at 785-749-8407 or fgipp@haskell.edu.

 


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2nd Annual American Indian Art & Culture Extravaganza 
Saturday, December 9 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Johnson County Community College, Atrium at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
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American Indian arts and crafts vendors, lectures of American Indian cultures and issues, performances by American Indian dancers, photos with American Indian Santa, exhibitions by American Indian community members, silent auction to benefit scholarships for American Indian students, traditional American Indian soup and bread sale, and more
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In 2007, the state of Hawaii outsourced the care of roughly 2,000 male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison in Arizona. Exiled thousands of miles from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances. As several of the men complete their sentences, the film follows them as they reintegrate in Hawaii. Out of State explores questions of cultural and religious identity; the overabundance of native Hawaiians and minorities in the prison system; the cycle of criminal behavior and its impact on the family; and prisoner entitlement. Join us for a moderated discussion led by Native-Hawaiian filmmaker and Out of State’s director, Ciara Lacy, and member of the Osage Nation, Jimmy Lee Beason II, M.S.W.

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