Haskell Honors Shannon, Roe Cloud

May 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-1: Honoring Our Native Knowledge, Tribal College News

At two ceremonies in May Haskell Indian Nations University honored an outstanding alumnus and a former superintendent. Haskell named a new $8.5 million residential hall “Henry Roe Cloud Hall” to honor the man who served as the first American Indian superintendent of the school in 1933. Dr. Henry Roe Cloud (Winnebago) was born in Nebraska in 1884. His pioneering work as a leader, educator, and reformer helped expand federal support for American Indian higher education. Dr. Roe Cloud fought for the survival of Native cultures and languages, for educational opportunity for both Indian men and women, and for Indian research.

The construction of the hall is the first major construction on the Haskell campus in over 15 years. It results from collaboration between the Haskell campus and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Facilities Maintenance Construction Center in Albuquerque. The hall has wiring for computers and Internet access, cable access to satellite tele-teaching, and architectural features reflecting American Indian cultures.

The annual Outstanding Alumni Award  for 1997 was presented to Betty Deer Shannon of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Shannon (Creek Tribe) graduated from Haskell in 1955 and served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 35 years before her retirement in 1991. She advanced employment opportunities for American Indians with the corps. She also has served as executive secretary of the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame.

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