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
9:27 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Elementary School Alternative To Land Run Reenactments Offers More Sides Of The Story

Credit Wesley Fryer / Flickr.com

Sara Adams Cornell has two daughters in the Oklahoma City school district. Last year her daughters participated in a reenactment of the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.

As members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Cornell said her daughters didn’t understand why anyone would want to reenact that occasion. Cornell contacted the school and was told by her daughter’s teacher and the school principal they could sit in the office or miss a day of school with an unexcused absence.

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Indian Times
11:44 am
Fri April 11, 2014

“Our People, Our Land, Our Images” Features The Perspectives Of Indigenous Photographers

Credit Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

A new photography exhibition opens April 11 at the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art. Heather Ahtone, the James T. Bialic Assistant Curator for Native American and Non-western Arts, says the exhibition has a global feel.

“'Our People, Our Land, Our Images' is an exhibition of indigenous photography from across the world,” said Ahtone. “It includes Native American photographers as well as Maori from New Zealand, Iranian and Palestinian photographers. It's their visual take on what it is to be indigenous and from a particular place."

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Indian Times
8:42 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Spring Heritage Celebration Day Salutes Native Presence At The University of Oklahoma

Credit Susan Shannon

The sounds of Native American flute music wafted over the South Oval at the University of Oklahoma last week as the Spring Heritage Celebration Day opening ceremonies began. It’s also the 100th anniversary of the OU Spring Contest Powwow, making it the oldest university powwow in the nation.

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Indian Times
8:54 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

OKC Tribal Epidemiology Center Offers Public Conference On Native American Health Concerns

Credit Susan Shannon

A two day conference allows a newly created organization to demonstrate its work and research on various health-related issues facing Native Americans in the United States. The sixth annual Tribal Epidemiology Center Public Health Conference’s theme is Where We Have Been, Where We Are, And Where We Are Going.

Where We Have Been

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Indian Times
8:15 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Olympic Gold Turns Into A Lifetime Of Giving Back

Credit Billy Mills

When it was learned late last year that Tokyo was in the running to host the summer Olympics in 2020, Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills was excited. Mills won a gold medal in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Mills, a member of the Ogalala Lakota Nation, remains the only American to win gold in the 10,000 meters track event, and his race was one of those historic upsets for the record books.

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Indian Times
5:16 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Caddo Nation, The NCAI And The Festival Of The Four Winds On Indian Times

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Caddo Nation Swears In New Chairman Amidst Protest

The Native American Times newspaper reports the Caddo Nation has sworn in a new chairman, Anthony Cotter, despite the claim from Brenda Edwards, via the tribe’s website, that she is the chairman of the Caddo Nation.

With two factions claiming to lead the 5,500 citizens of the Caddo Nation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has called the tribe a “high risk contractor/grantee” at the end of last year.

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Indian Times
8:27 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Citizen Potawatomi Nation To Host Intergenerational Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Cara Thomas (left) and Dr. Eleni Tolma
Credit Susan Shannon

Native American women are the most likely to put off getting a mammogram, according to research by Dr. Eleni Tolma, associate professor at the college of public health at the OU Health Sciences Center.

“When I came to Oklahoma back in 2002, I wanted to find out what I could do in terms of breast cancer, I was always interested in women's health issues,” Tolma, who is also the lead researcher for the Native Women Health Project, said.

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Indian Times
8:30 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Allan Houser Drawings Exhibition Fulfills His Dream

Credit Jackson Rushing

Allan Houser would have been 100 years old this year, and in recognition of this centennial, museums and institutions across Oklahoma are celebrating his work.

Jackson Rushing, the Eugene B. Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History at the University of Oklahoma, describes Houser as a “a distinguished painter and sculptor and draftsman, a Chiricahua Apache modern artist who many people would agree was one of the founding fathers of Native American modernism at mid-century.”

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6:18 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

A Think-Twice Proposal for Divorcing Couples

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A house committee has approved a bill that would require couples with children considering divorce to take a course on the effects of divorce on children.
Feb. 26: Bill Would Require Marriage Program A House committee has approved a bill that would require certain couples who have children and are seeking a divorce to go through an Oklahoma Marriage Initiative program before the divorce is granted. House Bill 2249 by Rep.
Indian Times
8:25 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Lawmakers Come Up With Solution To Finish Museum

Credit American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum sits unfinished at the crossroads of I–35 and I–40. Its financial history has had its ups and downs, but there may be still be a happy ending for the museum, thanks to two state senators, Clark Jolley and Kyle Loveless.

“In determining what to do with the American Indian Cultural Center, we had several challenges,” Loveless said. “One, the tight budget year. Two, the house's insistence on no further indebtedness through bond packaging.”

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