“I am known to be fair and one who will “tell it like it is” even if it is sometimes painful.”


Sue Shaffer (1922-)
Sue Shaffer led her scattered Cow Creek Indian Tribe from relative obscurity to become a federally recognized sovereign tribal nation. A nationally recognized advocate of tribal rights, Sue declared in Senate testimony, “…Cow Creek Tribal history is simple, tragic and necessary to an understanding of the importance of our sovereignty…” Sue is a woman who refused to take “no” for an answer and whose singular focus, persistence and determination saved her tribal identity from near extinction. She has been called, “the forefront of the voice of Indian Country” and a woman who “leads by example.” She credits her upbringing for her success, “I was raised in a household where honesty, moral integrity, education, work and helping others were high priority.” She has built her prestigious reputation as a standard bearer of these qualities.