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Suzan Shown Harjo Award
NCORE Suzan Shown Harjo Award

The NCORE Suzan Shown Harjo Activist for Systemic Social Justice Award is an annual recognition of the work of an individual or organization whose actions have been transformational on social justice issues of race, ethnicity, and sovereignty at the systemic level by affecting laws, policies, organizational structures, and community practices.

This prestigious award is an annual recognition of the work of an individual or organization whose actions have been transformational on social justice issues of race, ethnicity, and sovereignty at the systemic level by affecting laws, policies, organizational structures, and community practices. Created in 2015, the award is inspired by the life and work of Suzan Shown Harjo, an unwavering champion, thoughtful leader and advocate whose talents as a poet, curator, author, national political leader and legal advisor created action on the American Indian Religious Freedom Act (1978), American Indian Museum Act (1989), American Indian Graves and Repatriation Act (1990) and the elimination of the Native American cultural appropriation in sports mascots.

The bust of Suzan Shown Harjo depicted at the right was sculpted by artist Sohail Shehada in the year the award was created.

 

NCORE 2023 Call for Nominations

NCORE calls on our community to make nominations for the Suzan Shown Harjo Activist for Systemic Social Justice Award.

Nominations are due by March 15, 2023


Previous Award Winners

YEAR RECIPIENT
2022 Renee Tajima-Peña
2021 Cornel Pewewardy
2021 Barbara Jones
2020 George Henderson
2019 Shakti Butler
2018 Loretta J. Ross
2017 Thomas L. Hill
2016 Dolores Huerta
2016 Robert Suzuki
2015 Suzan Shown Harjo