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Haskell Indian Nations
Fighting Indians
UniversityHaskell Indian Nations University
Athletic directorJudith Gipp
LocationLawrence, Kansas
Varsity teams7
Football stadiumHaskell Memorial Stadium
NicknameFighting Indians
Fight songOnward, Haskell!
ColorsPurple and Gold

Haskell Indian Nations Fighting Indians represent Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. The Fighting Indians are a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and compete as an independent. Before July 2015, CCC competed in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC).[1]



Haskell fielded their first football team in 1896.[2] From the 1900s to the 1930s, Haskell’s football program was referred to as the “Powerhouse of the West,” playing teams from Harvard, Yale, Brown, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma A&M, Wisconsin and Minnesota.[3] But in 1931, a new superintendent (R. D. Baldwin) made the decision to shift the college football team to high school status following the 1931 season. With fewer teams available to play, Haskell dropped football after the 1938 season.[2] Football at Haskell would not be resumed again until 1990.[citation needed]

Due to funding shortfalls, Haskell suspended football for the 2015 season.[4]

Men's basketball[edit]

Men's basketball at Haskell has brought nationwide attention with its ability to bring Native American talent to the basketball court.[5]

Women's basketball[edit]

Women's basketball at Haskell Indian Nations University has made several post-season appearances including the Indian College National Basketball Tournament.[citation needed]

Fight song[edit]

Haskell Indian Nations Fighting Indians fight song is named Onward Haskell.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PlayNAIA Colleges & Universities". playnaia.org. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Shaping College Football: The Transformation of an American Sport, 1919-1930 - Raymond Schmidt - Google Books. Books.google.com. June 30, 2007. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  3. ^ "Haskell Indian Nations University Commemorates 125th Anniversary, Recognizes Painful History - Higher Education". Diverseeducation.com. June 1, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  4. ^ http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2015/may/21/haskell-suspends-football-program-2015-season/
  5. ^ Dana O'Niell (January 13, 2010). "Haskell offers haven for hidden talent". ESPN. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  6. ^ "Haskell". haskellathletics.com.

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