The long decline of Haskell Indian Nations University’s all-conquering football team

Haskell, once the nation’s most prominent Native American college team, used to beat the likes of Michigan State. But now the program is no more

State Route 10 in Kansas ambles from the western suburbs of Kansas City into Lawrence, a college town of 90,000 with the 28,000-student University of Kansas and the 1,000-student Haskell Indian Nations University, founded in 1884 for Native Americans.

Route 10 tightens from a four-lane highway and becomes 23rd Street in Lawrence, and off the street loom two 5,500-seat concrete grandstands and a noble stone archway. This is Haskell Memorial Stadium, which was dedicated on 30 October, 1926, 90 years ago this month. Haskell’s male students provided much of the labor to keep the cost to $250,000.

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