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
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
Credit Red Earth

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
Credit Susan Shannon

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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Indian Times
10:55 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Native Americans Protest Christina Fallin And Her Band Pink Pony At The Norman Music Festival

Christina Fallin on stage during the 2014 Norman Music Festival in a cape that read "SHEEP".
Credit Christina Owen

In March, Christina Fallin, the daughter of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Instagramed a promotional image of herself wearing an elaborate, albeit imitation Natuve American headdress. The tagline on the image read, “Appropriate Culturation,” which seemed an obvious play on the term “cultural appropriation” - the practice of adopting elements of one culture by another. The fallout from this promotional photo shoot sparked a series of events which culminated with a heated war of words and signs during the 2014 Norman Music Festival.

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Indian Times
10:45 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Summer Programs Available For Native Students Interested In Medicine

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In 1971 a group of fourteen American Indian and Alaska Native doctors formed the Association of American Indian Physicians, or AAIP, with the primary goal of improving the health of native communities by, among other things, giving support to native doctors in training. Today, the group has taken this mission further by encouraging future medical students.

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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

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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

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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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