The Haskell Cultural Center and Museum celebrates the strength and resiliency of the students and their contribution to what today has grown to become Haskell Indian Nations University. Punctuating the re-emergence of indigenous expression, Haskell strives to incorporate the elements of tribal pride and self-determination into its academics and university spirit.
Absorbed into the past was an institution founded to kill the Indian and save the child; instead Haskell victoriously emerged as an opportunity for students to become the change they want to see in Indian Country. Fundamentally through the continued efforts of Haskell students and alumni the legacy of Haskell continues to live and thrive through the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum.
Historic in time, founded in education, and rich in heritage, Haskell Indian Nations University has ascended through the thresholds of time, policy, and strife only to persist and prevail as the only academy of its kind.
Opened in 2002, the vision of the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum is to respectfully serve as a steward of living Tribal materials, traditions, and cultural arts. Using these tools as a vehicle of transmission to truthfully convey the story of Haskell Indian Nations University’s remarkable evolution from a government boarding school to its present day fully-accredited university status.
The Haskell Cultural Center and Museum celebrates the living heritage of all tribal peoples and strives to continue the legacy of education through culturally-based exhibitions, educational programs, tribal cultural art classes, and internships. It serves as a teaching facility for Haskell students, staff, faculty, alumni, researchers, and the general public.
The Haskell Cultural Center and Museum’s future goal is to create and provide educational programing for local school districts, provide trainings on culturally sensitive topics including tribal education and Haskell’s history.
Our first exclusively online exhibit highlighting one of the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum's most rare and unique collections, the Frank A. Rinehart Photographic Collection.
Our first online exclusive exhibit, Rinehart has enabled the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum to share a larger selection of portraits from one of our most famous collections than has ever been possible before.
The Frank A. Rinehart Collection consists of 790 glass plate images produced by Rinehart and his assistant, Adolph Muhr, between 1898 and 1905 with the majority of the work produced at the Trans-Mississippi and International Exhibition in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1898 and later at the Crow Agency in Montana.
These unique portraits serve as some of the earliest photographic documentation of the tribes of the Northern Plains, including the Assiniboine and Nez Perce.
The Indian Leader Project
Started in 1897 at Haskell Institute, The Indian Leader is the oldest Native American student newspaper still in publication. This resource will make these publications available to researchers from the comfort of their own homes.
Created in partnership with Haskell Indian Nations University and The University of Kansas Libraries, we are proud to announce the creation of The Indian Leader Project. This project has allowed us to make the first 100 years of Haskell's student newspaper, The Indian Leader, widely available online and free of charge! We hope that this resource will prove valuable to students, researchers, genealogists, and the general public alike.
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