HASKELL INSTITUTE STADIUM AND ARCH
Extract from Lawrence Journal world, February 19, 1925
"Five thousand Indian ex-students and other Indian friends of Haskell propose to build an immense concrete athletic stadium at Haskell, seating 20,000 spectators, at a cost of $200,000 all of which is to be donated by
Indians as a token of their esteem for this great institution, their regard for Haskell athletic teams, and their interest in physical education and love of outdoor games and sports. Ground has already been broken and the work of building has begun. We have already scheduled our big dedication game. October 30, 1926, against the great Bucknell University.
Haskell Institute has received a total cash contribution of $56,195 from the Quapaw Indian tribe in Oklahoma for the building of the new athletic field at the local Haskell Indian Institute. The entire Quapaw Tribe does not exceed over 150 Indians. Haskell authorities said this morning, and they are grateful to the tribe for the liberal contribution for the stadium.
The largest contribution from any single Quapaw was $11,000; another gave $10,000, and one gave $4,000 each. The remainder of the gifts were large."
The “Haskell Field” the athletic playground, now known as Adobe Flats, was built in 1900 to meet the required needs of that day.
The new Stadium was dedicated on October 27-30, 1926. The three-day Haskell Stadium Dedication program consisted of the presentation of the drama, “Hiawatha,” by Haskell students, a buffalo barbecue and feast in the village, the dedication program, and the Haskell-Bucknell football game, which Haskell won 36-0. (See pictures below).
Agnes Quapaw Hoffman and Alice Beaver Hallam (Quapaws), Harry Crawfish (Quapaw), Robert and Alphonso Whitebird (Quapaws) and Ms. Esther Bighorse Jefferson (Sac&Fox tribe) gave substantial amounts along with Grandma Maude Supernaw and Aunt Mary Williams. Grandma Supernaw and Mary Williams were given lifetime stadium reserve seating in appreciation (It would appear the others received this gift too).
Article written by Risë Supernaw Proctor