“I had a deep feeling that I wanted to be a voice for the students in matters they are facing.”—Muscogee (Creek) Citizen Baron Hoy
Citizen named Haskell Brave
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — As Baron Hoy enters his final year at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, he does so as this year’s Haskell Brave, the first Muscogee (Creek) citizen to hold this honor.
The offices of Haskell Brave and Miss Haskell are elected each May for the upcoming academic year. The chosen pair not only become ambassadors for the university, they also act as voices to help bring awareness to issues important to the student body.
“I think it is an incredible honor and an amazing opportunity to support the university and students as the first member of the Muscogee Nation to be voted Haskell Brave,” Hoy said.
Hoy spent last fall campaigning for votes on the platforms of domestic violence awareness and increasing student opportunities, both on campus and in the Lawrence area.
When asked what made him decide to run for the office, he said, “I had a deep feeling that I wanted to be a voice for the students in matters they are facing.”
Hoy’s calendar is quickly filling up with the commitments that come with his new title. The coming months bring events with which he is familiar, although this year he will not be attending as a student, but as a representative of the university.
One such occasion will be the school’s annual powwow, a sort of welcome back to school event held at the end of September.
A larger item on his list of student issues he plans to address during his tenure is starting a study abroad program. This is seeming to be one of the more complicated endeavors for him.
“Haskell, being a federally ran school, getting approval for this program is going be a difficult process,” Hoy said.
He is also planning an event for October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. All of this while attending and participating in various other events as a goodwill ambassador for the school and staying on top of his coursework.
After graduation, Hoy plans on taking a gap year to prepare for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and pursue his acting career. He was recently cast for a role in a series called Big Sky, which is currently in preproduction.