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Suzan Shown Harjo Symposium

Fri, September 20, 2019

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Leonard Peltier, untitled (portrait of Suzan Harjo), 24” x 18”

Leonard Peltier, untitled (portrait of Suzan Harjo), 24” x 18”

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) are co-sponsoring the Suzan Shown Harjo Symposium on September 20, 2019 at the National Mall in Washington, DC. This symposium honors Suzan Shown Harjo’s (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) contributions to Native arts and cultures.


  • Philip J. Deloria
  • Jodi Archambault Gillette
  • Kevin Grover
  • Duke Ray Harjo II
  • Tina Kuckkahn-Miller
  • Robert G. Martin
  • Michael D. McNally
  • Mary Kathryn Nagle
  • Patsy Phillips
  • Wilson Pipestem
  • James Riding In
  • Gabrielle Tayac
  • Mark Trahant
  • W. Richard West, Jr.

More information about this symposium forthcoming.

About Suzan Shown Harjo

Suzan Shown Harjo (born June 2, 1945) (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) is an advocate for American Indian rights. She is a poet, writer, lecturer, curator, and policy advocate, who has helped Native peoples recover more than one million acres (4,000 km²) of tribal lands. After co-producing the first Indian news show in the nation for WBAI radio while living in New York City, and producing other shows and theater, in 1974 she moved to Washington, DC, to work on national policy issues. She served as Congressional liaison for Indian affairs in the President Jimmy Carter administration and later as president of the National Council of American Indians.

Harjo is President of the Morning Star Institute, a national Native American rights organization. Since the 1960s, she has worked on getting sports teams to drop names that promote negative stereotypes of Native Americans. In June 2014, the Patent and Trademark Office revoked the Washington Redskins trademark, the owner said he would appeal. By 2013 two-thirds of teams with American Indian mascots had changed them due to these public campaigns.

On November 24, 2014, Harjo received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor.

About Suzan Shown Harjo from Wikipedia.


Fri, September 20, 2019
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