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.


Indian Times
6:32 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

50th Anniversary Of Billy Mills' Victory At The 1964 Tokyo Olympics

Credit Billy Mills

Last Tuesday was the 50th anniversary of Ogalala Lakota runner Billy Mills' surprise victory at 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
9:08 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Oklahoma Showcased In Film On Chickasaw Storyteller Te Ata

Credit Susan Shannon

Chickasaw Governor Bill Anoatubby has long wanted to make films commemorating some of his tribe’s more renowned members. Among the names on Anoatubby’s short list is a woman he considers a great ambassador for his tribe and all Native Americans, Te Ata.

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Indian Times
7:14 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Cole: American Indian Cultural Center And Museum Belongs To Oklahoma Not Tribes

Credit American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

If you don’t build it, they won’t come…that’s basically what Blake Wade, Executive Director of the Native American Cultural Authority, intimated when extolling the virtues of a completed American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. Not only would the museum be a world class attraction, the surrounding 220 acres of commercial property would be developed to match the museum’s potential.

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Indian Times
8:51 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Urges Native Americans To Debunk Their Own Myths

Dean Harroz, Justice Sotomayor, President Boren, OU Regent Burgess
Credit OU School of Law

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor came to the University of Oklahoma last week to speak at the OU School of Law. One of the last questions came from a Choctaw student who greeted her in Choctaw.

"Halito, (words in Choctaw) yakoke. As Professor Tai said, my name is Kelbie Kennedy and I'm a proud citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma,” said Kennedy. “I am so glad that you are preserving your native language. It’s so important for people in your generation to do that, thank you for attempting and succeeding obviously!” Sotomayor said.

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Indian Times
8:16 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Native American Pioneer In Medicine Recognized

Credit Dr. Everett Rhoades

The first Native American to head the Indian Health Service was a rarity, one of the earliest Indian doctors in the country, and it was a bit lonely.

“I only knew of two Indian physicians accidentally, the famous Dr. Taylor McKenzie, the late great Navajo leader, Taylor McKenzie and another individual whom I didn't know but knew of, named Thomas St. Germaine Whitecloud, a member of the Lac du Flambeau Chippewas,” Dr. Everett Rhoades said.

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Speaking At OU Law School
6:10 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor In Oklahoma This Week

Credit The Supreme Court Historical Society

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke on a wide range of topics during a fireside chat with University of Tulsa students and faculty during an appearance on the TU campus.

Sotomayor discussed judicial ethics, her upbringing and affirmative action during her appearance on Wednesday.

Sotomayor said she would not be where she is today without affirmative action and would like a world that is colorblind to race — but said that to try to just wish it to happen is to be blind to reality.

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Indian Times
9:33 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Tribal And Food Sovereignty Subjects Of Two Conferences This Week In Okmulgee

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Sovereignty and food aren’t two words usually heard together.

“Food sovereignty in a nutshell means the rights that we have to not only grow and procure our own food but also to have access to water, land and resources to grow our own food,” Brenda Golden said.

Golden is a policy analyst for the Muscogee Creek Nation and a longtime native rights activist. The two back to back conferences next week are close to her heart and she takes pride in the fact that her tribe will be host.

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Indian Times
8:53 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Cole Says Tribal Jobs Are Here To Stay

Congressman Tom Cole
Credit Susan Shannon

The recent reports of employers leaving the United States for tax breaks won’t ever happen with certain businesses in Oklahoma: those companies belong to tribes, and they’re here to stay.

That’s one big message from Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole. At his recent town hall meeting in Purcell, Cole (Chickasaw) said the sovereign tribes of Oklahoma are also their own corporations—buying, selling, and creating jobs.

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Indian Times
5:17 pm
Sat August 23, 2014

Business And Arts In Oklahoma's Indian Country

Credit Indian Country Business Summit

Doing Business With Indian Country Or U.S. Government Can Be Tricky But Not Impossible.

Providing a roadmap for doing business with tribal agencies or the federal government, including FEMA and military bases, is the purpose of the 8th annual Indian Country Business Summit taking place next week in Norman.

Denise Bowman is a counselor and conference organizer at the Tribal Government Institute, one of the sponsors of the Indian Country Business Summit. Bowman says sometimes good business is about timing.

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Stolen Communion Wafer
4:20 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Oklahoma City Archbishop Sues To Stop Satanic "Black Mass"

St. Michael
Credit Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

The archbishop of Oklahoma City has sued to try to stop a group of Satanists from staging a "black mass" next month at a civic center, arguing that the group is using a communion wafer stolen from the Catholic Church.

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