Editorial: Lack of leadership moves Haskell backwards
"It’s good that members of the Kansas delegation in Congress are continuing to press for answers concerning the unsettled situation at Haskell Indian Nations University.

Having received no response to an October letter to the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, Sen. Pat Roberts, along with Sen. Sam Brownback and Reps. Lynn Jenkins and Dennis Moore, announced Tuesday that they had sent a letter outlining their concerns about Haskell to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

It’s high time that federal officials address the Kansans’ concerns. During the four months Roberts was stonewalled and awaiting a response from BIA, rumors and accusations have been flying concerning what appears to be a rapidly deteriorating situation at Haskell. As part of his October letter, Roberts forwarded a letter from a former Haskell vice president who alleged mismanagement of personnel, ethics violations and other problems at the school. Why such problems seemed unworthy of a timely response from federal officials is a mystery. Perhaps some at Haskell were involved in delay tactics.

Haskell President Linda Warner was reassigned last September to the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, N.M., then sent to a temporary assignment in Oklahoma City. Although she retains the title of president at Haskell, she hasn’t been on the job in Lawrence for about six months."

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