Suzette Brewer is a writer specializing in federal Indian law and social issues. She has written for The Dallas Morning News, The Concord Monitor, Native Peoples Magazine, Oklahoma Today Magazine, The Denver Post and the Denver Business Journal. Previously, she also served as public affairs officer for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, and as communications director for the National Indian Gaming Association and the American Indian College Fund. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Mississippi.
Her published works include Real Indians: Portraits of Contemporary Native Americans and America's Tribal Colleges and Sovereign: An Oral History of Indian Gaming in America. With Sovereign, Brewer captured the spirit of the economic revolution that has helped power tribal development for decades. She interviewed dozens of the gaming pioneers from a variety of tribal nations to capture their side of a fascinating and captivating story.
In 2015, Brewer received the Richard LaCourse/Gannett Foundation Al Neuharth Investigative Journalism Award from the Native American Journalists Association for her work at Indian Country Today Media Network. The award recognized her groundbreaking and important perspective on highly visible Indian Child Welfare Act cases that seized national attention, notably the Baby Veronica case.
Additionally, Brewer’s coverage of crucial Supreme Court courses links the challenges to the rights of Native American tribes and citizens to a systematic, ideological assault on the sovereign rights of the nations of the first peoples of this continent. Her ability to translate legal arguments into plain English has won her a wide range of readers in all corners of Indian country. In 2016, Brewer covered both the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention, securing hard-won press passes for a Native media that, with one or two rare exceptions over the decades, had previously been excluded from the convention floor.
She is a member of the Cherokee Nation and is from Stilwell, Oklahoma. She frequently writes posts on Culture, Nations, News and Education for Indian Country Today. Find her on social media: Facebook: Suzette-Brewer, and Twitter @suzette_brewer.