Speaker: Levi Rickert

Levi Rickert, a citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, is an awardwinning Native American journalist, who founded Native News Online in
February 2011. Since then, Native News Online, with over seven million
readers who read annually, has become one of the most read daily Native
American publications in the country. In October 2020, he co-founded
Tribal Business News. Since the beginning of Native News Online, Rickert
has covered stories on dozens of Indian reservations, White House tribal
nations conferences and congressional hearings in Washington, D.C., and
events throughout Indian Country. With a social media following of over 500,000, Rickert has become a strong voice in Indian Country and is often called upon by other media outlets as an expert to discuss American Indian affairs. Rickert was awarded Best Column 2021 Native Media Award for the print/online category by the Native American Journalists Association. In June 2023, the West Michigan chapter of the Public Relations Society of America awarded him the Social Justice, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (JEDI) of the Year award for instilling justice, equity, diversity and
inclusion into his work. He serves on the advisory board of the multicultural Media Correspondents Association. While an author with essays in three different books, his first book Visions of a Better Indian Country: One Potawatomi Editor’s Opinions was published by Indian Country Media, in April 2022. Rickert also co-hosts the Hope + Healing podcast in conjunction with the National Indian Health Board. Rickert is a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

It Was Meant For Good But It Was Evil

Levi Rickert, publisher and editor of Native News Online, will discuss the impact of Indian boarding schools, a program that was designed to assimilate Native American youth into American society. He will talk about how this practice led to historical trauma that has negatively impacted … read more.