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NCORE SUZAN SHOWN HARJO AWARD

Image of Suzan Shown Harjo statue

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 left was sculpted by artist Sohail Shehada in the year the award was created.

Previous Award Recipients

Cornel Pewewardy - 2021     Barbara Jones - 2021     George Henderson - 2020     Shakti Butler - 2019     

Loretta J. Ross - 2018     Thomas L. Hill - 2017    Dolores Huerta - 2016    Robert Suzuki - 2016    Suzan Shown Harjo - 2015