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Scathing Investigation Reveals Years of Ignored Sexual Assault, Mismanagement at Haskell Indian Nations University

The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Education last month was legally compelled to publicly release an investigative report into Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) that was finished more than a year ago. The investigation found that the university ignored student reports of sexual assault and abuse, as well as bullying and intimidation by Haskell administrators.

Haskell, located in Lawrence, Kan., is operated by the Interior's Bureau of Indian Education. According to the investigative report, beginning in 2021 student allegations were reported to their athletic department, relayed to the school president, the BIE Director, and even the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Bryan Newland, but "did not get a response or any indication their issues would be addressed."

In June 2022, students took their unanswered complaints to the Office of the Investigator General, which declined to investigate complaints and instead recommended BIE conduct its own investigation.


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