Heather Shotton, University of Oklahoma Professor of Native American Studies, has been named the 2016 Educator of the Year by the National Indian Education Association.
Shotton was honored last week at the 47th Annual NIEA Convention and Trade Show in Reno, Nevada. The award ceremony, held during the organization’s annual luncheon, featured a video tribute and Shotton’s biography.
In OU's College of Arts and Sciences Department of Native American Studies, Shotton’s academic areas of interest include indigenous women, indigenous leadership and indigenous higher education. Courses she has taught include Native American Studies Capstone, Research Methods in Native American Studies, American Indian Education Policy and Development, Tribal Service Learning and Introduction to Native American Studies.
Shotton has received numerous awards throughout her career, including being honored by the NASPA Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community; earning the Outstanding Research Award in 2015; being honored by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development; and being named to the Native American 40 Under 40 Class of 2013.
“Education is a core value of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA), and we are proud to celebrate Shotton and her many accomplishments,” said OIGA Chairman Brian Foster.
Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA), established in 1986, is a non-profit organization of Indian Nations with other non-voting associate members representing organizations, tribes and businesses engaged in tribal gaming enterprises from around Oklahoma. The common commitment and purpose of OIGA is to advance the welfare of Indian peoples economically, socially and politically.