Susan Shannon

Program Coordinator / Host of Indian Times

Susan K Shannon was born in Pawhuska, Oklahoma on September 22nd, 1954. She is a member of the Osage Nation and the daughter of George A Shannon and the late Mary Agnes Wagoshe (way-gosh-shee). Her father is also an OU graduate who upon graduation was offered a job in San Francisco, so Susan spent her early years there until the family moved back to Oklahoma. She graduated from Tulsa Memorial High School in 1973. After having attended OU in the mid-1970’s, she returned in August of 1991 and got her degree in Native American Studies in 1996 with a minor in Film/Video studies. She began working at KGOU Radio station fulltime in July of 1996.

She worked as office manager at KGOU from 1996 until 2012. In 1997 Susan reported her first story for National Native News. In August of 2001, she was invited to Anchorage, Alaska for training and to meet the staff. Through those contacts she was given a full scholarship to attend the Native American Journalists Association training conference in San Diego. She has been a Ford Foundation scholarship recipient, which enabled her to attend the National Federation of Community Broadcasters Conference in San Francisco, where the first day was devoted to Native American broadcasters. She contributes stories to the locally produced radio show “Oklahoma Voices” focusing on native people and events.

Her photographs have been in OU Native Art shows as well as Gilcrease Museum and the State Capitol. She has participated in her tribal ceremonials since she was three years old and received her Indian name from then-Chief Paul Pitts. She is a member of the Deer Clan.

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Indian Times
3:24 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Oklahoman And Native Activist Receives Presidential Medal Of Freedom

President Obama Bestows Presidential Medal Of Freedom On Suzan Shown Harjo
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One of Oklahoma’s native daughters, Suzan Shown Harjo, received the highest honor this country bestows upon a civilian, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Harjo is founder and president of The Morning Star Institute in Washington, DC, and a poet, writer, curator, lecturer and policy advocate, who has helped Native peoples protect sacred places and recover more than one million acres of land.

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Indian Times
8:06 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Native News Week In Review

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Two Tribal Attorneys General Join The Northern Oklahoma District Indian Prosecution Unit

Two Tribal Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys, one each from the Osage Nation and Cherokee Nation, were sworn-in at an investiture ceremony Thursday and will assist with improving public safety in tribal communities, announced Danny C. Williams Sr., United States Attorney for the Northern District.

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Indian Times
9:06 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Native Americans Not Genetically Pre-Disposed To Develop Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. J. Neil Henderson
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Centers For Disease Control and Prevention statistics indicate that Native Americans continue to face disproportionately higher risks of developing many serious and even life-threatening ailments as they age. But research conducted by an Oklahoma health expert suggests that Alzheimer’s may be least among them.

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Indian Times
11:42 am
Mon December 1, 2014

8th Annual Native American Benefit Concert

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The annual Native American Benefit Concert was founded by Dr. Daryl Tonemah with one goal - to give native children a better Christmas. Tonemah accomplishes this by holding a benefit concert for which the price of admission is a new toy or new article of children's clothing.

“We all are pretty much aware of the statistics about poverty and under employment and lack of educational attainment for natives, not only across the country but here in Oklahoma,” Ron McIntosh (Muscogee Creek) said.

McIntosh is one of the organizers of this year’s Annual Native American Benefit Concert to take place Friday, December 5 at Rose State College.

“One of the things that Daryl Tonemah, who actually started this about 15 years ago in Phoenix - one of the things that he recognized, and that we've tried to carry on - is that it is up to us to take care of our own kids,” McIntosh said.

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Indian Times
6:36 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Oklahoma Historical Society And Ancestry.com To Make Archives Available To Public

Debra Spindle
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The Oklahoma Historical Society houses thousands of records on early Oklahomans, Indian and non-Indian. But OHS has lacked the means to digitize much of its records. That is until recently, when Ancestry.com approached OHS with an offer to collaborate.

“It was a good partnership because we do not have staff, nor time nor resources to digitize and index our records and we have a treasure trove of records in our files, on microfilm, lots of handwritten records that are difficult to access,” Debra Osborne Spindle said. “This will make them available.

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Indian Times
1:40 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Muscogee Creek Hymns Influenced By Congregational Line Singing?

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Tuesday marked the release of This May Be The Last Time on DVD. Last week we discussed the genesis of the project, which among other things explores the melding of cultures in music. Today we’ll look at the centerpiece of the film, the Muscogee Creek hymns.

 

This May Be The Last Time, incorporates a variety of representative anecdotes to illustrate the practice and origins of the Muscogee Creek hymns.

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Indian Times
9:02 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Native Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo Weaves Different Story Threads Into One Documentary

Sterlin Harjo
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Acclaimed Native American filmmaker Sterlin Harjo’s latest project is an exploration into the past that revealed much more than he anticipated. This May Be The Last Time is a documentary film that looks to the origins of the music and culture of his distant ancestors.

It is a quest that found Harjo in the unexpected role of investigator into the mysterious 1962 disappearance of his grandfather.

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Indian Times
7:36 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

The Jacobson House Native Art Center Re-Invents Itself... Again

Dan Brackett
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The Jacobson House Native Art Center is a place with a lot of history. The late Swedish-born artist Oscar Brousse Jacobson built the house during his tenure as the first Director of the University of Oklahoma's School of Art. Jacobson had a deep appreciation for the landscapes and occupants of the American Southwest.

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Indian Times
7:50 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic Pediatrician Offers Advice On Keeping The Doctor Away

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2014 may well be remembered as the year of the virus. Prior to the focus on Ebola in Texas, the country’s health care systems were concerned with a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), which primarily targets children.

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Weather and Climate
9:32 am
Thu October 23, 2014

University Of Oklahoma Dedicates 35,000 Square Foot, $15 Million Radar Lab

University of Oklahoma president David Boren leads a ribbon cutting Wednesday to formally open the Radar Innovations Laboratory on OU's Research Campus.
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The University of Oklahoma formally dedicated a new, 35,000 square foot Radar Innovations Laboratory Wednesday afternoon.

OU President David Boren says the goal of the facility is to spark innovation of the next generation of radar and microwave electronics.

“As academia works with the private sector, works with government to make things happen, to make the resources to be here, to be possible, what a partnership that can be," Boren said. "What a powerful partnership that can be for the future of our state, and the future of our country."

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