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KU SSW alumna Amanda Blackhorse asked to be keynote at Haskell commencement

Monday, April 25, 2016

Haskell Indian Nations University is proud to announce the Spring 2016 Commencement keynote speaker, Amanda Blackhorse. Ms. Blackhorse, a graduate of Haskell Indian Nations University, is member of the Navajo Nation from Big Mountain and Kayenta, Arizona.

Ms. Blackhorse graduated with an Associates of Arts from Haskell Indian Nations University in 2004. She went on to attend the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas and graduated in 2006. She later received a Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 under the scholarship of the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies., Ms. Blackhorse returned to Arizona to work as a clinical social worker. She is now a licensed independent clinical social worker and works as a direct care provider in behavioral health for the Gila River Indian Community in Laveen, Arizona.

In June 2014, Ms. Blackhorse and four other Native American petitioners, organized by Suzan Shown Harjo, won their 9 yearlong case before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board under the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Blackhorse vs. Pro Football to cancel the federal registrations of the NFL team, the Washington R*dsk*ns.

In the past year, Ms. Blackhorse and other Native Americans founded the group, Arizona to Rally Against Native American Mascots to spread awareness in Arizona about the harmful effects of offensive Native mascots. As an advocate against Native American mascots, Ms. Blackhorse also speaks nationally about how colonization and historical trauma contribute to the legacy of Native American mascotry.

Contact Information: Stephen Prue, (785) 832-6644 or

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