Maria Lynn Caddo, 22, was killed in an automobile accident in Arizona on Monday, September 21, 2015 (Photo Courtesy Jennifer Lewis)
Published September 22, 2015
LAWRENCE, KANSAS—“The university was saddened to hear of the passing of one it’s former students,” read a statement by Haskell Indian Nations University President Dr. Venida Chenault. Faculty and students learned about the death of Maria Lynn Caddo from a car accident in Arizona. Ms. Caddo was 22-years-old.
Ms. Caddo was White Mountain Apache and Hopi. She was also the 2013-14 Miss Haskell, as well as being a member of the Haskell cross country team and dance team.
The statement continued, “please keep her family in prayer during this difficult time. A fire will be lit at the fire circle for prayers and donations for the family will be accepted by the President’s Office.”
Caddo graduated with her Associates of Science in Community Health. In an article written by the Haskell Indian Leader, she gave this advice to those running for the title of Miss Haskell.
“Always remember that holding this title will be a very unique role in your life, and to always be humble in everything that you do. Help those in need and also ask for help in times of need, and be focused on the goals you have in life and especially your education because it is important. And to represent Haskell as much as you can and to have fun.”
Haskell student, Eric Appah, Ute Indian tribe, had this to say about Caddo:
“In many aspects she held herself in no doubt great light and spirit, I might not have said this enough but I am honored to have known her. We are truly blessed by the people who visit us in our lives and touch our hearts.”
Former Miss Haskell Dandrea Dora, White Mountain Apache tribe, stated what she will remember about Maria, “her strength, determination, smile and laughter.”