Blackfox named Haskell Foundation executive director

BY STACIE BOSTON
Multimedia Reporter
11/03/2016 08:15 AM
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Vance Blackfox
LAWRENCE, Kan. – With education playing a major role in his life, Cherokee Nation citizen Vance Blackfox recently accepted the job as executive director for Haskell Foundation, which partners with Haskell Indians Nations University and is responsible for managing monetary funds.

Blackfox, who started Oct. 7, said the foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that also acts as the “fundraising arm” for the university.

“(The foundations is) responsible for managing funds that may come in for students in the form of scholarships or grants that professors may get, but also we are the designated fundraising arm for the university,” he said.

Blackfox said as executive director he hopes to engage with people who want to help financially support the HINU.

“I’ll be on the road some to be engaging with folks who may want to be of support to Haskell financially,” he said. “Whether that be foundations or other organizations or individuals, alumni, present donors.”

Blackfox said education has been a “major” part of his life for the past 30-plus years so he’s “excited” to help Natives while in this position.

“I just value education. Education has been a part of my life in major ways for the last 35 years, 40 years, for a long time, including into my adult life,” he said. “I’ve had opportunities around education that were unique and special to me, and I’m excited about the opportunity to be able to support other young Native folks or just other Native folks who are seeking education.”

He added that his family was one of the Cherokee families educated at the Moravian Mission, which was established in Springplace, Georgia, in 1801 and later moved to Indian Territory.

“So nine, 10 generations ago my ancestors were educated alongside Elias Boudinot, John Ridge and others who were educated there. My whole family has been affected by an education that was supported and ordained by…Cherokee leadership all those generations ago for the sake of the Cherokee Nation,” he said. “So for me education is vitally important, and I feel supported not just by the folks who have been around me throughout my lifetime but the folks who were a part of growing the mission, Moravians, Lutherans, Cherokees. So education’s important to me.”

Blackfox said while at HINU he looks forward to seeing Cherokees and other tribal citizens further their education. “It’s exciting to see…Cherokee students arrive on campus and to be furthering their education and look forward to engaging with…all students…and supporting their endeavors.”
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LAWRENCE, Kan. - ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎨᏒᎢ ᏭᎵᏍᎨᏗᏴᏃ ᎢᎬᏱᏱ ᏄᏮᏅᏩᏗ ᎡᎲᎢ, ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Vance Blackfox ᎾᏞᎬᏭ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᏚᏓᏂᎸᏨᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎬᏩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᏕᎩ ᎠᏓᏎᎮᎯ ᎥᎿ Haskell Foundation, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏥᎩ ᏚᎵᎪᎭ Haskell Indians Nation University ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏗ ᏂᏓᏕᏘᏱᎲᎢ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎠᏂᏯᏙᎯᎲᎢ.

Blackfox Ꮓ, ᏚᏂᏃᏗ 7 ᎤᎴᏅᎲᎢ, ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ Ꮎ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ 501(C) (3) ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏈᏴᏗ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏠᏱᏊ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ “ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎠᏂᏟᏏᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏫᎪᏯᏛᎢ” ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᏩᎬᎸᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.

“(ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎠᏂᏟᏏᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ) ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᎷᎬᎢ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ Ꮎ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏥᎨᏥᏯᏙᎮᎰᎢ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᎩᏒᎢ, ᎠᎴᎾᏍᏊ ᎠᏯ ᎣᎦᎨᏅᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎦᏟᏌᏅᎢ ᎣᎦᏙᏯᏛᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏩᎬᎸᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᎪᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

Blackfox ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᎩ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᎠᏓᏎᎮᎯ ᏥᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎤᏮᏐᎢ ᏧᎵᎪᏁᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᎩ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏗᎢ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎬᏗ ᎤᏂᎫᏍᏓᎡᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᎩ HINU.

“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏅᏃᎯ ᎦᎢᏎᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᏥᎵᎪᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᎩ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎫᏍᏓᎡᏗᎢ Haskell ᏣᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎬᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏱᎩ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᏗᏐᎢ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᏧᏤᏟᏓ, ᏧᏂᏍᏆᏛᎢ ᏱᎩ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎪᏣᎴᏗ.”

Blackfox Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ “ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ” ᎤᎲᎢ ᎢᏳᏛᏁᏗ ᎡᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ 30-ᎠᎴ ᏳᎪᏓ ᎢᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ “ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏰᎸᎭ” ᏧᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᏅᏁᎯᏯᎢ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ ᎤᎲᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ.

“ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎠᎩᏰᎸᏐᎢ ᏗᎬᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ. ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ Ꮓ ᏥᎩ ᎢᎦᏓᏭ ᎤᎲᎢ ᎢᏳᏛᏁᏗ ᎡᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ 35 ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ, 40 ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎪᎯᏗᏳ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏩᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎠᏩᏔᏂᏃ ᏂᎨᏐᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎯᎸᏍᎩ ᏱᎦᎢ ᎠᏆᏜᏅᏓᏕᎸᎢ ᎢᏯᏆᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᏗᎬᏆᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏤᏟᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎠᎩᏰᎸᏐᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎣᏏᏳᎢ ᎠᏆᏓᏅᏙᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏆᏜᏅᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᏰᎵᎢ ᎦᏥᏯᎫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎠᏂᏫᎾ ᏅᏁᎯᏯᎢ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᏅᏁᎯᏯᎢ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᎤᏂᎦᏛᎲᏍᎬᎢ ᏗᎬᏩᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ.”

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᏮᏌ ᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎥᎿ Moravian Mission ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᎥᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᎬᏱᏱ ᎨᏒ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᎲᎢ ᎥᎿ Spingplace,Georgia, ᎾᎯᏳᎢ 1801 ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏩᎬᏗᏗᏒᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏒᎢ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯᏍᏛᎢ ᎤᎾᏤᎵᎪᎯ ᎤᏂᎷᏨᎢ.

“ᎬᏂᏳᏃ ᏐᏁᎳ, 10 ᎢᏳᎾᏓᏁᏟᏴᏓ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᏗᎬᎩᎬᏴᎵᎨᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏧᎳᎭᎢ Elias Boudinot ᏗᎨᎨᏲᏅᎢ, John Ridge ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᎥᎢ. ᏂᎦᏓᏃ ᎣᏥᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎣᎦᎵᏅᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏦᎦᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎦᎫᏍᏓᎥᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ … ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎾᏓᏘᏂᏙᎯ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎢᏳᏰᎸᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏯᏃ ᎨᏒᎢ ᏕᎦᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏙᏳᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ, ᎠᎴ ᎦᏕᎶᎣᏍᎪᎢ ᎬᎩᎫᏍᏓᎥᎢ ᎥᏝ Ꮎ ᎤᏅᏌ ᏱᎩ Ꮎ ᎾᎥᎢ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᎾ ᎠᏆᏛᏏᏗᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏍᎩᏂᏃᏅ Ꮎ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎤᏁᎸᏛᎢ ᎠᏓᏁᏟᏴᏍᎬᎢ ᏗᎾᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩᎢ, Moravians, Lutherans, ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏥᎩ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏗᏳᏃ ᎾᏋᏃᎢ ᎠᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.”

Blackfox Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᎡᏙᎲᎢ ᎥᎿ HINU ᎤᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓ ᏧᎪᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ. “ᎣᏏᏳᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ… ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎷᎬᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᎢᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏮᏎᏍᏗ ᎬᏥᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ… ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ…ᎠᎴ ᏥᎫᏍᏛᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ .”

– Translated by David Crawler

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