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Haskell Indian Nations University And EPA Extends Successful Partnership



Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 7 and Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas have signed a new agreement that offers benefits to both. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The agreement provides an extension of a successful partnership between Haskell and the EPA that dates back to 1999. EPA spokesperson Chris Whitley says there are several areas of cooperation including faculty research participation, student internships and employment at the agency.

"The university is contemplating ways that it can become more environmentally sustainable and our staff is working with them on that," he says. "We can provide staff for mini-courses and lectures. We also have the ability through this agreement to donate some of our surplus scientific equipment to the university."

Whitley says Haskell is a unique institution with enrollment of about 1,000 students.

"And those students come from literally from all over the United States and they represent a wide diversity of Native American tribes," he says. "It really fills a unique roll in preparing those students for careers in the future."

The latest signed agreement provides mutual benefits for the university and agency for the next five years.

Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.