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
4:30 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

The Advantages Of SoonerCare For Native Americans And Other Stories

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SoonerCare Can Give Indian Health Care Services An Added Advantage

SoonerCare is Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. The tribal relations associate for SoonerCare is Katie Carden. Carden says more Native Americans and native veterans need to sign up because not only are there more services available for them to take advantage of, it will pay their tribal clinics for services received. In fact, SoonerCare is the third largest payer to Indian Health Service.

Katie Carden, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, wants Native Americans to sign up for SoonerCare.

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Indian Times
3:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Culture As Medicine

Dolores Subia Bigfoot
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Dr. Dolores Bigfoot is one of the authors of the article Cultural Enhancement of Mental Health Services for American Indian Children found in the spring 2014 edition of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). Bigfoot explains how age-old ceremonies and values from tribal life can help abused native children today.

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Indian Times
1:15 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

5 Stories From Indian Country This Week

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Cherokee Nation To Restore And Preserve Schoolhouse

The Cherokee Nation and its businesses are donating $120,000 to restore and preserve a nearly 100-year-old schoolhouse. The schoolhouse was built in 1917 and was the main building at the Dwight Mission in Vian in eastern Oklahoma.

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Indian Times
9:52 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Can A School Be Bully Free?

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The U-S Department of Health and Human Services defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.”

An educator and a counselor in Tulsa want to create a school that’s bully-free.

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Indian Times
3:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Young Native Americans Pick Up The Fight Against Native Mascots

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Oklahoma-born American Indian rights advocate Suzan Shown Harjo has led the fight against team names and mascots deemed disparaging to Native Americans. She led a successful legal challenge in 1992 against the owner of the Washington Redskins. But the initial ruling by Trademark Trial and Appeal Board was overturned, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case.

Now the torch has been passed, and a new generation of advocates is running with it.

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Indian Times
9:20 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

OKC Indian Clinic To Host Wellness Walk At Remington Park

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The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic is hosting a Walk for Wellness on June 14 at Remington Park. The Clinic is trying to promote healthy lifestyles by engaging the whole family in healthy activities. Steve Daugherty is the health promotion and disease prevention coordinator for the clinic.

"There's several changes that we all need to make. Being natives we're more prevalent to diabetes and heart disease," Daugherty said.

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Indian Times
8:50 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Did Tribal Sovereign Immunity Dodge A Bullet?

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Brian Pierson, team leader for Indian Nations law team at Godfrey & Kahn, wrote an article about the Supreme Court’s recent decision on Michigan v Bay Mills Indian Community case for the

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Indian Times
3:09 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

6 Things To Know About This Year’s Red Earth Festival

Fancy Dancers
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Thursday, June 5, marks the beginning of Red Earth Festival, now in its 28th year. And this year marks a new direction and new location for the 3 day festival.

HISTORY:

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Indian Times
9:37 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Native Peoples In Their Own Words...The Kiowa

Warren Queton
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This is the first in a series of programs dedicated to the stories of Oklahoma's tribes, as told by tribal members. 

According to Blue Clark, in his book Indian Tribes Of Oklahoma, the Kiowa origin story tells of the tribe’s emergence out of the ground through a hollow cottonwood log. The supernatural being Saynday called them forth and taught the Kiowa how to hunt and survive.

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Indian Times
7:08 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Review: News Affecting Indian Country

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Tobacco Tax Compact Negotiated

A new tobacco tax compact between the Kialegee Tribal Town and the state of Oklahoma is now in effect. Each of the state's 38 federally recognized Indian tribes can negotiate a compact with the state that determines how much of the $1.03-per-pack tax is distributed between the state and the tribe.  The Tulsa World reports that Oklahoma will collect 30 percent of all Kialegee compact taxes - or all applicable state taxes - on the sale of any cigarette or other tobacco product that is subject to the compact from Feb. 1 of this year through the end of 2015. That amount increases to 40 percent in 2016, 45 percent in 2017 and 50 percent in 2018. The compact expires at the end of 2018.

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