Shannon Keller O’Loughlin describes herself as a citizen of the Choctaw Nation, first and foremost. Beyond that, she is a mom, an attorney, and a protector of Native American interests across the country.
Serving as the Executive Director of the Association on American Indian Affairs, the oldest non-profit organization serving Indian Country, she takes the responsibility of protecting sovereignty, preserving culture, educating youth and building capacity seriously.
Between growing up hearing stories from her grandmother about her family’s hardships during the dustbowl and knowing the Choctaw history of struggle and survival during the Trail of Tears, it is no surprise that she was drawn to serve in such a way.
O’Loughlin has served Indian Country in various capacities for almost 20 years, a role that may have been foretold when she was a young college student.
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