Haskell: Survival of an American Indian college
Lawrence - On a breezy fall afternoon at the southeast corner of Haskell Indian Nations University, pinwheels spin above the bones of more than 100 Indian children buried in orderly rows beneath faded white headstones.
The graves belong to infants, kids and teens who died long ago, most within the first 15 years of the school’s founding in 1884, when its mission was to destroy tribal identity and force Indian assimilation to the ways of white America. It was set to do as Army Capt. Richard Henry Pratt proposed when such schools were established: “Kill the Indian to save the man.”