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Haskell Indian Nations University To Host Tribal College Summit


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.

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A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood. However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.) In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”
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