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Haskell Indian Nations University and EPA Announce Partnership Agreement to Promote Environmental Careers

Release Date: 01/26/2012
Contact Information: Kris Lancaster, 913-551-7557, lancaster.kris@epa.gov

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(Kansas City, Kan., Jan. 26, 2012) - EPA and Haskell Indian Nations University officials next week will gather in Lawrence, Kan., to announce a partnership agreement to support American Indian students pursuing careers in environmental and scientific fields.

The agreement will update an existing program of activities that will enhance Haskell University’s research and educational capabilities. EPA wants to increase Haskell University’s awareness of federal opportunities while helping to create an environmentally conscious campus through student-led initiatives. The agreement also focuses on student employment and volunteer programs, research participation, lectures and seminars on environmental issues, and community outreach.

WHO: EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks, Haskell Indian Nations University President Chris Redman, and Haskell Historian Theresa Milk

WHAT: Signing of the partnership agreement and remarks

WHERE: Stidham Union, Main Hall, Haskell Indian Nations University, 155 Indian Avenue, Lawrence, Kan. 66046

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, February 1

Haskell Indian Nations University is a land grant institution located in Lawrence, Kan. For more than 117 years, American Indians and Alaska Natives have been sending their children to Haskell, and Haskell has responded by offering an innovative curriculum oriented toward American Indian and Alaska Native cultures. Haskell has an average enrollment of more than 1,000 students each semester.

Haskell University offers a rich resource to address the problem of underrepresentation of American Indians in science, finance, mathematics, information technologies and environmental specialist fields, in addition to the participation of these minorities in national environmental programs.

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