Suzan Shown Harjo
Suzan Shown Harjo (born 1945) is one of the leading Native American activists in the United States. She has raised public awareness about issues of concern to Native Americans by working on legislation to protect their rights, preserve their languages and traditions, reduce their high levels of poverty, alcoholism and unemployment, and safeguard their sacred lands. She fought for nearly 20 years to remove disparaging names from sports teams, most particularly the Washington Redskins.
Through a multitude of activities--lobbying legislators, speaking to the media, and writing numerous articles for general circulation and Native American publications--Suzan Shown Harjo has been able to exert her influence and raise the consciousness of a not-always-receptive public. Her most important activity, however, is serving as...Read more
- June 02, 1945
OccupationNative American rights activist
- Research administrator;
- Tribal leader;
- Harjo, Susan Shown