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.


6:36 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Anoatubby Expounds On Tribal Contributions To State

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby addresses the National Lieutenant Governors Association and tells them American Indian tribes are a plus for the state's economy and create jobs for natives and non-natives.
Oklahoma's 39 federally recognized Native American tribes generate more than $12 billion each year for the state's economy and have more than 80,000 employees, the governor of the Chickasaw Nation said Wednesday. You have clicked on a link to information that is exclusive to Journal Record subscribers.
Indian Times
9:23 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

A Guatemalan Exile No Longer, Now Works For United Nations

Francisco Cali
Credit Lindsay Robertson

Francisco Cali is a Caqchikel  Mayan from Guatemala. He is the first and continues to be the only indigenous member of the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).  Cali came to the University of Oklahoma as a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy.

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7:07 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

18th Annual Norman Conquest Bicycle Tour Tomorrow

Bicycling Magazine names this bike tour one of the top 50 best rides in America, and its for a good cause, the J.D. McCarty summer Camp, Claphans.
NORMAN - It seems odd to hold a sporting event outdoors in Oklahoma this time of year, but that's the kind of oddities some adventurous outdoor persons want. Look at the Hotter than Hell 100 in Wichita Falls, Texas, or extreme blizzard skiing in Colorado.
Politics and Government
6:26 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Osage Nation Chief Under Attack

Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle
Credit Louise Red Corn / Bigheart Times

Osage  Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle has come under fire for abuse of power allegations.  A motion submitted by Congressman William “Kugee” Supernaw,   was approved by the Osage Congress yesterday.

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Indian Times
12:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

St. Gregory’s Revives Honor Dance For Newly Named American Indian Saint

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Credit Catholic Online

After the death of Father Vincent Traynor, an honorary member of several tribes in Oklahoma, the honorary dance to honor the then Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, became of thing of the past.  With her being named the first Native American saint last October, Abbot Lawrence at St Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, thought it was high time to revive it.

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Indian Times
1:55 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Labor Day Deadline Looms for Public Input on Indian Trust Reform

Commissioner Stacy Leeds
Credit courtesy of University of Arkansas website

The Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform is coming to the end of its two year appointment.  Commissioner Stacy Leeds says they “will hunker down and write this thing” in the fall, so that it may be presented to President Obama during his yearly meeting with tribal leaders in Washington, D.C.  in December.

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Indian Times
9:30 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

William Thorpe, Son of Jim Thorpe, Says Native American Olympics Was “Dad’s Dream”

William Thorpe, eldest living son of Jim Thorpe
Credit Susan Shannon

William Thorpe, Jim Thorpe’s oldest living son, sat on the reviewing stand with tribal chiefs and other dignitaries from the native world to watch as Native American athletes from 61 tribes from across the nation to participate in the opening ceremonies for the second annual Jim Thorpe Native American Games. 

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Indian Times
9:14 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

61 Tribes Represented at Jim Thorpe Native American Games in Oklahoma City

Basketball in the Abe Lemmons Arena on the OCU campus
Credit Susan Shannon

Native American athletes from 61 tribes from across the nation competed in the second annual Jim Thorpe Native American Games.  Athletes competed in activities such as basketball, golf, martial arts, wrestling and softball at several sports venues.

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Indian Times
11:46 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Kiowas Looking To Keep Their Sacred Mountain From Being Made Into A Molehill

View from Longhorn Mountain
Credit Courtesy Warren Queton

Longhorn Mountain is an important place to Kiowas, not just because they’ve been going there to pray since being in Oklahoma, it’s in the way that they pray using the sacrament they believe is unique to that mountain, cedar.  And now, its habitat is in danger.

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Indian Times
10:01 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Honorable Ponka-We Victors Tells Riverside Grads To Have A Dream

Kansas State Rep. Ponka-we Victors at Riverside Indian School graduation.
Credit Susan Shannon

Commencement at Riverside Indian School is always a big day, but this year the commencement speaker is the only Native American woman to serve in the Kansas legislature, the honorable Ponka-we Victors.

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