Native people from around the country are gathering in Lawrence this week for the seventh annual Tribal College Summit at Haskell Indian Nations University. Their focus is timely: climate change and the environment. Preparations for the summit go on despite a dark cloud of controversy.
The Haskell Board of Regents recently called for President Linda Warner's removal. Bureau of Indian Education officials are investigating complaints, and President Warner remains in place. We'll be looking into some of the issues surrounding Haskell's future in upcoming weeks.
But this week, KC Currents' Susan Wilson spoke over the phone with faculty member Dr. Dan Wildcat, a member of the Muskogee Nation of Oklahoma. Wildcat is a professor of Environmental Research Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence. He talked about the upcoming conference, and how educating Indians has evolved.