November 17th, 2014 Last Updated on: November 17th, 2014
This week, President Barack Obama named nineteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Congratulations goes out to Suzan Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) who was among those recipients. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
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 the Carter Administration and as current president of the Morning Star Institute, she has been a key figure in many important Indian legislative battles, including the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act. She was also recently in the news for being the driving force behind the cases that led the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office to cancel the federal trademarks for the Washington NFL team. Dr. Harjo is Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee, and a citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.
She's in great company with past Native American recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom which include Annie Dodge Wauneka and Joe Medicine Crow.
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