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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

*Safe zone Training + Cultural Workshop + Panel 
Wednesday, February 21 | 11a.m.-1p.m.
Curtis Hall Rose RM

Keeping Implicit Bias in Mind with Jerry Kang, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Professor of Law at University of California Los Angeles
Thursday, February 22 | 7-8 p.m.
Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont Street Lawrence, KS 66046

*Drag Show  
Friday, February 23 | 6-8 p.m. 
Haskell Auditorium 

*First Ever Haskell Two Spirit Powwow 
Saturday, February 24 | 2 p.m.-Midnight 
Tecumseh Hall 

*Part of Haskell Two Spirit Celebration Month. All events located at Haskell Indian Nations University and all events free and open to the public. 

Natives @ KU Social
meet others in the Native American community at KU
Tuesday, February 27 | 5-6:30 p.m.
Summerfield Hall Rm 201, 1300 Sunnyside Ave
Snacks will be provided

Haskell Indian Nations University: 3rd Annual Celebration of Life Round Dance
Tecumseh Hall
Saturday, March 3
Dinner served at 6 p.m., Singing begins at 7 p.m. 

KU Law's 22nd Annual Tribal Law & Government Conference: Tribal-State Collaborations: Advantages & Obstacles
Friday, March 9 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
KU School of Law, 1535 W. 15th Street, Lawrence, KS
Free and open to the public, but registration is required.
law.ku.edu/collaborations
5 hours CLE pending in KS & MO ($50 fee)

Frank Waln, Sicangu Lakota Hip-Hop Artist, in Concert
Friday, March 30 | 7:30 p.m.
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr.
$25 adults | $14 students/youth
Tickets

KU Powwow & Indigenous Culture Festival
Saturday, March 31 | Begins at noon
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr.
Free and open to the public
Presented by the KU First Nations Student Association in partnership with the Lied Center of Kansas, Haskell Cultural Center and Museum, Spencer Museum of Art, KU Office of Diversity and Equity and KU Office of Multicultural Affairs.

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