Native News Online Editor to Speak at “More than a Word: Native American Cultural Appropriation in Sports” Event

Published November 8, 2017

KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN – Native News Online’s editor, Levi Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation), will speak at the screening of “More than a Word: Native American Cultural Appropriation in Sports” on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Levi Rickert

“I have long advocated against the use of American Indian imagery in sports. There is enough evidence to prove continued cultural appropriation has been a severe negative for American Indians,” says Rickert. “So, I am glad when I am invited to speak out against the continued usage of American Indian imagery in sports with the hope of educating those who are ignorant as to the true facts surrounding the issue.”

“More Than A Word” analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term R*dskins. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than A Word presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. The documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation.

There are five schools in Michigan that still use R*dskins as a mascot or nickname. The local struggle on this topic will also be discussed.

This event is presented in partnership with the Michigan Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media.


“More than a Word: Native American Cultural Appropriation in Sports” Film Screening and Discussion


Thursday, November 9, 2017 – Dinner at 5 p.m.; Screening at 5:45 p.m.


Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

205 Monroe Street

Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007

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