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Cheyenne-Holdulgee Muscogee Activist, Poet, Writer, Lecturer & Curator

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Suzan Shown Harjo Biography

Suzan Shown Harjo is a Cheyenne-Hodulgee Muscogee poet, writer, lecturer, curator, and advocate for Native American rights. Harjo is a policy advocate who has helped Native peoples recover more than one million acres of tribal land. She served as a Congressional liaison for Indian affairs in President Jimmy Carter's administration and later as president of the National Council of American Indians. In 2014, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor. She is also president of the Morning Star Institute, a national Native American rights organization.

Her activism began in the 1960s when Harjo co-produced "Seeing Red," a bi-weekly radio program on a New York radio station that was the first Indigenous news show in the United States. After moving to Washington D.C., Harjo became a legislative liaison for two law firms representing Indigenous rights. Once appointed a Congressional liaison for President Jimmy Carter, Harjo supported issues such as hunting and fishing rights on traditional lands, voting, and land contract rights. Her lobbying work helped lead to the passing of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act in 1978, which allowed for the protection of Native Americans for the practice of traditional religion and rituals.

Harjo also served as the Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians, which aimed to ensure that Indigenous children were educated. Harjo also worked on the issue of repatriation of sacred items from museums to tribes and changing the way researchers handled American Indian human remains and artifacts, which resulted in additional reforms and national legislation.

Harjo promotes sacred land claims and protection for traditional cultural rights, artistic expression, and research with the Morning Star Institute. She has lobbied and helped secure the return of one million acres, including holy lands. The Insitute is devoted to ending the use of American Indian mascots and stereotypes by sports teams, which has resulted in dramatic changes in the sports world, with two-thirds of teams with American Indian Mascots dropping them due to the public campaigns.

Harjo oversaw the creation of the National Museum of the American Indian's exhibition and rerpatriation policies when she served as a founding trusting in the 1990s. She has also published poetry as early as 12 years old. One of her poems, "gathering rites," was read at the first International Women's Day celebration in New York City. She is a columnist for Indian Country Today and a contributing writer to First American Art Magazine.

Harjo was the first Native American woman to receive the Montgomery Fellowship at Dartmouth College, which was originally established to educate Native Americans. Additionally, Harjo was the first Native person to be selected as a Stanford University Visiting Mentor. She chaired two seminars about native identity and native women's cultural matters at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico and a seminar on "US Civilization and Native Identity Policies" at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Harjo was selected as the first Vine Deloria, Jr. Distinguished Indigenous Scholar at the University of Arizona.

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  • Promoting Native American Traditional Cultural Rights & Artistic Expression

  • Seeing Red

  • Nobody Gives Us Sovereignty: Busting Stereotypes & Walking the Walk

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Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations

Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations

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Suzan Shown Harjo Biography

Suzan Shown Harjo is a Cheyenne-Hodulgee Muscogee poet, writer, lecturer, curator, and advocate for Native American rights. Harjo is a policy advocate who has helped Native peoples recover more than one million acres of tribal land. She served as a Congressional liaison for Indian affairs in President Jimmy Carter's administration and later as president of the National Council of American Indians. In 2014, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor. She is also president of the Morning Star Institute, a national Native American rights organization.

Her activism began in the 1960s when Harjo co-produced "Seeing Red," a bi-weekly radio program on a New York radio station that was the first Indigenous news show in the United States. After moving to Washington D.C., Harjo became a legislative liaison for two law firms representing Indigenous rights. Once appointed a Congressional liaison for President Jimmy Carter, Harjo supported issues such as hunting and fishing rights on traditional lands, voting, and land contract rights. Her lobbying work helped lead to the passing of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act in 1978, which allowed for the protection of Native Americans for the practice of traditional religion and rituals.

Harjo also served as the Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians, which aimed to ensure that Indigenous children were educated. Harjo also worked on the issue of repatriation of sacred items from museums to tribes and changing the way researchers handled American Indian human remains and artifacts, which resulted in additional reforms and national legislation.

Harjo promotes sacred land claims and protection for traditional cultural rights, artistic expression, and research with the Morning Star Institute. She has lobbied and helped secure the return of one million acres, including holy lands. The Insitute is devoted to ending the use of American Indian mascots and stereotypes by sports teams, which has resulted in dramatic changes in the sports world, with two-thirds of teams with American Indian Mascots dropping them due to the public campaigns.

Harjo oversaw the creation of the National Museum of the American Indian's exhibition and rerpatriation policies when she served as a founding trusting in the 1990s. She has also published poetry as early as 12 years old. One of her poems, "gathering rites," was read at the first International Women's Day celebration in New York City. She is a columnist for Indian Country Today and a contributing writer to First American Art Magazine.

Harjo was the first Native American woman to receive the Montgomery Fellowship at Dartmouth College, which was originally established to educate Native Americans. Additionally, Harjo was the first Native person to be selected as a Stanford University Visiting Mentor. She chaired two seminars about native identity and native women's cultural matters at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico and a seminar on "US Civilization and Native Identity Policies" at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Harjo was selected as the first Vine Deloria, Jr. Distinguished Indigenous Scholar at the University of Arizona.

Suzan Shown Harjo Speaking Topics

  • Promoting Native American Traditional Cultural Rights & Artistic Expression

  • Seeing Red

  • Nobody Gives Us Sovereignty: Busting Stereotypes & Walking the Walk

Suzan Shown Harjo Videos

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    Roosevelt Institute, introduces Allida Black, George Washington University, Alondra Nelson, Columbia University, and Suzan Shown Harjo, ...
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient - Suzan Harjo - YouTube
    Suzan Harjo is a writer, curator, and activist who has advocated for improving the lives of Native peoples throughout her career. As a member of ...

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  • How much does it cost to book Suzan Shown Harjo?

    Speaking fees for Suzan Shown Harjo, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Suzan Shown Harjo charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Suzan Shown Harjo, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Suzan Shown Harjo?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Suzan Shown Harjo for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Suzan Shown Harjo for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Suzan Shown Harjo or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Suzan Shown Harjo or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Suzan Shown Harjo is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Promoting Native American Traditional Cultural Rights & Artistic Expression, Seeing Red and Nobody Gives Us Sovereignty: Busting Stereotypes & Walking the Walk. The estimated speaking fee range to book Suzan Shown Harjo for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Suzan Shown Harjo generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Winona LaDuke, Donna Brazile, Angela Davis, Julianne Malveaux and Tonya Lewis Lee. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Suzan Shown Harjo for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Suzan Shown Harjo Speaking Topics

  • Promoting Native American Traditional Cultural Rights & Artistic Expression

  • Seeing Red

  • Nobody Gives Us Sovereignty: Busting Stereotypes & Walking the Walk

Suzan Shown Harjo Speaker Videos

  • Andrea Flynn Introduces the Gender Equality Panelists | National ...
    Roosevelt Institute, introduces Allida Black, George Washington University, Alondra Nelson, Columbia University, and Suzan Shown Harjo, ...
    Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient - Suzan Harjo - YouTube
    Suzan Harjo is a writer, curator, and activist who has advocated for improving the lives of Native peoples throughout her career. As a member of ...

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