Indian taco sale to raise funds for Haskell student who had a stroke at KU Powwow

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An upcoming Indian taco sale will support the family of 22-year-old Haskell student Corrin Lamere, who suffered a severe stroke at a powwow Saturday that has left her unable to speak.

Lamere is an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy, though she was raised on the Crow reservation and has close ties to both communities. She is also a Haskell Rascal — a term for children whose parents met at Haskell — and she took her first steps in the powwow circle at Haskell. 

She has a passion for mortuary sciences and she has been modeling for Native fashion brands such as Choke Cherry Creek. She has modeled in Paris, Montana and Las Vegas, and she has been featured on the billboards of Times Square. 

Lamere loves to dance at powwows, but Saturday was different. She began to sway during a jingle dance at the KU First Nations Student Association Powwow.

Contributed photo Corrin Lamere, center, prepares to begin the jingle dance special, April 13, 2024.

Eva McCrary, Lamere’s mom, said she yelled to her husband, “Go get her! Something is wrong!”

McCrary said she’s grateful that they were surrounded by people that knew exactly what they needed to get Lamere help.

Lamere was still in the ICU Tuesday evening and was “starting to show progress,” McCrary wrote on Facebook. 

Lamere will need to learn to talk again but is currently humming the tunes to “Happy Birthday” and “You Are My Sunshine.” McCrary said that humming is helping her family “get through the hard part.”

A friend of the family is organizing the Indian taco sale to help with Lamere’s hospital bills and recovery. The sale will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21 at East 17th Street and Irving Court, which is just east of 17th and Harper streets. 

Donations are also being accepted through Venmo, @Eva-McCrary-1, and CashApp, $Eva1McCrary.

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Molly Adams (she/her), photojournalist and news operations coordinator for The Lawrence Times, can be reached at molly (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. Check out more of her work for the Times here. Check out her staff bio here.

Note: This post has been corrected from a previous version.

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