- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma native is one of 19 people who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The recipients announced Monday by President Barack Obama include Suzan Shown Harjo.

Harjo is a writer, curator and activist and was a member of the administration of former President Jimmy Carter. She has worked to get sports teams to discontinue using names that promote negative stereotypes of Native Americans and for the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.

Harjo is Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee and is a citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor.



The awards will be presented at the White House on Nov. 24th.

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