Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) is one of the oldest and most recognized American Indian/Alaska Native Universities in the nation and the only one that grants baccalaureate degrees; its history reflects that of Native American education. HINU was founded in 1884 as the U.S. Industrial Training School, but is now characterized by a culturally based curriculum and a multi-tribal student body. Surrounded by the historic structures of its National Landmark campus, HINU combines the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual components of American Indian life into a unique university experience.
Haskell Cultural Center and Museum: HINU raised $1.2 million to build a new Cultural Center and Museum designed to preserve its unique artifacts and archival collections; provide space for exhibitions, programs, and research; and train HINU students as tribal archivists and tribal museum managers. The 6,048 square foot Cultural Center and Museum opened to the public in fall 2002.
The Haskell Archives: The records contained in the Haskell Archives are of great importance both to HINU faculty, staff, and students, and to researchers of American Indian/Alaska Native history. Located in the Cultural Center and Museum, the collection includes records and manuscripts that reflect HINU's story both as an educational institution and a historical landmark.
The University of Kansas (KU), a charter member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) is one of the nation's leading state universities. Founded in 1865 as a state-supported institution of research and higher education, KU is governed by the Kansas Board of Regents at the state level and by a chancellor-provost administration structure on the University level. The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Hall Center for the Humanities (HCH), a twenty-six-year-old research center with wide experience in developing and managing grants, will administer the project at KU. HCH's mission is to sponsor programs that engage the university and the wider community in productive dialogue on issues that bring the humanities to bear on the quality of life for all. HCH has considerable experience in assisting faculty to develop their research and share their scholarship with a larger audience both on and beyond campus through academic and public programs such as its topical seminars and public lecture series. HCH has already identified multiple sources of funding to enhance this project during the tenure of the proposed Ford grant and beyond. HCH's affiliated KU area studies centers offer broad possibilities for contact, both nationally and internationally, with scholars interested in the issues raised by "Shifting Borders." Affiliates are: The Center for Indigenous Nations Studies (CINS), the African Studies Resource Center (ASRC), the Center of Latin American Studies (CLAS), The Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES), the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), the Center for European Studies (CES).
University of Kansas Continuing Education (KUCE) staff will help design and maintain the project's American with Disabilities Act-compliant website, create online courses to be offered across the participating campuses, and videotape workshop sessions and oral histories and position them on the project's website. KUCE is prepared to coordinate the capstone conference. The office manages more than a thousand educational events per year. Its innovative distance education initiatives create options for asynchronous and synchronous delivery (live television, web streaming, and other media formats as appropriate for any given event).