Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Cultural Center to Showcase Tribal College's History

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Cultural Center to Showcase Tribal College's History

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LAWRENCE, KAN.

Reminders of Haskell Indian Nations University's origins as a boarding school to educate and assimilate tribal children greeted visitors at the formal opening of its new Museum and Cultural Center.

The $1.1 million center is one of about 30 such facilities being built at tribal colleges across the United States. The campaign is a project of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

The center, which celebrated its formal opening last month, will serve as a showcase for Haskell's 118-year history.

The inaugural exhibit, "Honoring Our Children Through Seasons of Sacrifice, Survival, Change and Celebration," showed the harsh conditions the young boarders experienced.

The school opened in 1884 as the U.S. Indian Industrial Training School with the goal of stripping American Indian students of their tribal identities and preparing them for off-- reservation jobs. The training school evolved over the years into a high school, a trade school, a junior college and, in 1993, a fouryear college. …

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