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
4:23 pm
Sat December 28, 2013

2013 Year End Review For Oklahoma's Indian Country

Credit Susan Shannon

This week on Indian Times, we look back at 2013... lucky for some, not so lucky for others.

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Indian Times
3:00 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

A Look Back: Buffy Sainte-Marie In Oklahoma

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This week we re-visit an interview with Buffy Sainte-Marie, singer, songwriter, and a member of the Cree Nation.

In the 1960’s she, all alone, toured North America’s colleges, reservations and concert halls. She came after the beatniks and before the hippies. She was met with enthusiasm by audiences and record executives who were expecting an Indian princess in fringes but were instead entertained and educated by a dose of Native American reality in the flesh.  

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Indian Times
7:16 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Harmon-y Pediatric Clinic Set To Open

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The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic is seeing one of its projects come to fruition with the help of television star Mark Harmon. David Toahty, Chief Development officer for the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic credits the fund raising ability of Mark Harmon’s Celebrity Weekend for their new addition.

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Indian Times
8:10 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Chickasaw Nation Makes Generous Donation To OU Law School

OU Law School Dean Joe Harroz
Credit Susan Shannon

A generous gift from the Chickasaw Nation to University of Oklahoma’s Law School has created the nation’s first American Indian Law Scholar endowed chair.

Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s Law School, Joe Harroz, sees this gift from the Chickasaws as proof that his program is headed in the right direction.

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Native American
11:36 am
Mon November 25, 2013

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association 2013 Conference

Edward Hall III
Credit Susan Shannon

Native American cultures are getting a helping hand from a surprising source…tourism.  The stereotypes of insensitive non-Indians picking through baskets and turquoise jewelry, while still alive and well, is not what the American public, or the world, looks for in a vacation. They want an experience, and often as not, they want to learn.

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Indian Times
11:47 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

The Holidays Are The Giving Season For The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

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The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic is raising money to expand its pharmacy. One of the fundraisers is the annual Red Feather Gala which took place November 9th. David Toahty (Pawnee/Kiowa) is the chief development officer for the clinic.

“We had the largest group of people that we've ever had, nearly 500 people showed up. It was at the Cox Convention Center and it was a fun black tie event,” Toahty said. “We're raising money to expand our pharmacy.”

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Indian Times
9:41 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Chickasaw Cultural Center Observes Native American Heritage Month

Chickasaw Cultural Center
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The Chickasaw Cultural Center is focusing on healthy living for its young people this year.

The Chickasaw Nation started November with a multi-tribal day. Valorie Walters, executive officer of the Chickasaw Cultural Center, said that was a day to bring in other tribes to share their history and culture.

“Throughout the month of November, including December as well, we have a special exhibit here,” Walters said.

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Indian Times
8:23 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Red Earth Festival Moving To Remington Park

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The Red Earth Festival, now in its 28th year will be making a move from downtown Oklahoma City to Remington Park, where the wide open spaces, and that means parking spaces, will be a better fit for all attending.

Eric Oesch has been with the Festival since the beginning, he’s the deputy director for Red Earth Incorporated. He sees this move as a way to make it easier for all concerned.

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Indian Times
8:55 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Native American Heritage Month Celebrated At Oklahoma History Center

Matt Reed
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November is Native American Heritage Month and the Oklahoma History Center has planned some special events to recognize that.

Matt Reed, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and curator of the American Indian Collections for the Oklahoma Historical Society, has been envisioning since he got the job to have events during this month that educate the public about the Native peoples of Oklahoma.

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Indian Times
2:27 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Cherokee Breaks New Ground As A Woman Mixed Martial Arts Fighter

Credit Provided / Kathina Catron

She’s a surgical tech by day, and a mom to her 7 year old son Coy…but in her other life she is one tough cookie. Kathina Catron is one of the top women fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, in this region. And she’s a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

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