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
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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Indian Times
3:06 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

Cherokee Makes A Living Map Showing Pre-Contact Native America

Credit Aaron Carapella

When Aaron Carapella (Cherokee) contacted the U.S. Copyright office about his concept for a map that showed Native America pre-contact, he was told it had never been done before on such a grand scale.

This news seemed to validate his hours of long work, traveling and contacting more than 250 reservations and tribal communities. It had all started when he was an adolescent growing up in southern California.

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Indian Times
8:30 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic Celebrates 40 Years Of Serving Urban Indians

Credit Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic is marking its 40th year in operation with a celebration powwow. It will be held on the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds on August 16th.

The clinic started in 1974 with a handful of volunteer heath care providers looking to fill the need of urban Indians seeking medical care. David Toahty, Chief Development Officer for the clinic, said the first clinic was just a storefront on Hudson. Toahty said the clinic currently serves 18,000 patients and fills 240,000 prescriptions a year.

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Indian Times
7:56 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

New Director Of Native American Studies Returns To Her Roots

Credit Amanda Cobb-Greetham

Amanda Cobb-Greetham (Chickasaw) is the new director of the Native American Studies program at the University of Oklahoma. She is enthusiastic about the job that has brought her full circle.

Cobb-Greetham grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma and earned her undergraduate degree at Southeastern Oklahoma University in Durant. She became very interested in Chickasaw history and culture. The high number of native faculty attracted her to University of Oklahoma.  

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Indian Times
2:32 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Cheyenne And Arapaho Tribal Government Again Under One Governor

Governor Eddie Hamilton
Credit Cheyenne And Arapaho Tribes

After years of turmoil and litigation, the leadership dispute within the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes is settled.

The Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes consist of the Southern Arapaho and Southern Cheyenne people who banded together in western Oklahoma. The small community of Concho serves as tribal headquarters and that’s where Governor Eddie Hamilton will carry on his elected duties as tribal governor, thanks in part to a recent court ruling by the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or IBIA, recognizing the Cheyenne and Arapaho’s 2013 election as legitimate.

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Indian Times
7:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

This Week In Indian Country

Credit Susan Shannon

Decision Made On Cheyenne And Arapaho Tribal Government

It’s been a long four plus years for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes - working under two governments, enduring separate court systems and dealing with divisive and competing decisions by local Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officials. Compounding these difficulties was the freezing of assets which adversely affected tribally owned casinos, payrolls and tribal programs that served the Cheyenne and Arapaho people.

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Indian Times
4:30 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

The Advantages Of SoonerCare For Native Americans And Other Stories

Credit Susan Shannon

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
Credit OU Health Sciences Center

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

Credit Dwight Mission

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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