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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence celebrated the largest graduating class in its history this week.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports 234 students graduated Friday. They represented more than 130 tribes and 40 states.

It was the third straight year that Haskell set a record for graduates. Haskell is the only four-year university in the country operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

John Tahsuda, principal deputy assistant secretary in the BIA, was the keynote speaker. He told the graduates they not only made their parents proud but also the entire Indian population.

He urged the graduates to serve their communities as tribal leaders and in high-ranking positions within the federal government, where he says Native American voices and views are needed.


Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World,