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The NCORE Suzan Shown Harjo Activist for Systemic Social Justice Award is a lifetime achievement award presented to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary achievements in social justice and advocacy with significant positive impact to society.

The individual and/or organization's work is transformational on social justice issues of race, ethnicity, and sovereignity at the systemic level by affecting laws, policies, organizational structures, and community practices.

The awardee is selected by a rotating committee of invited members of the NCORE community.  Three broad criteria are used to evaluate the nominee's impact in each of these three areas:


  • For whom is the nominee engaged in social justice advocacy?
  • What is or has been the nominee's potential for impact?


  • How has their social justice advocacy translated into action?
  • What is or has been the nominee's potential for impact?


  • What are the demonstrable outcomes of their social justice activism?
  • Who has their social justice activism changed local, regional, national, or international communities?

The 2018 Susan Harjo Award will be presented on Thursday, May 31st, 2018 during the keynote session 1:30-2:45pm . Please join us to congratulate the recipient.

2018 NCORE Honors Loretta J Ross 

2017 NCORE Honors Thomas J Hill

2016- NCORE Honors Dolores Huerta

2016- NCORE Honors Robert Suzuki

2015- NCORE Honors Suzan Shown Harjo

NCORE extends our gratitude to Sohail Shehada for creating the beautiful sculptures honoring the recipients. Learn more about Sohail and his work here.


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