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Dear Readers,

As 2020 draws to a close, I’m reflecting on Native News Online’s progress and growth during this year of tremendous change and upheaval.

We started the year with a nine-year old website and a full-time staff of one. Less than 12 months later, we overhauled our Native News Online website, launched a daily newsletter, started a new site focused on Native business, and expanded our newsroom with experienced reporters and editors, including our first-ever managing editor, Kyle Edwards, who was recently named a Harvard Fellow.     

    Levi Rickert - Publisher

Growing in 2020 hasn't been easy, but we believe it’s important. There has been no shortage of critical news for Indian Country this year — from COVID-19 and the 2020 Census, to the Presidential election, stories of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, and so much more. 

 Throughout it all, we have remained committed to providing concise and accurate news to millions of   Indigenous  readers. Additionally, we have worked to inform (and educate!) non-Native readers about the thingsl that are important American Indians and Alaska Natives.  

As we wrap up this extraordinary year, we’d like to ask you for support. During the month of December, we are asking our readers who can afford to help make a one-time donation of $5 or more. We’ll use the funds to continue investing in covering the important news stories throughout Indian Country.  

Megwetch for your continued readership. Please give this appeal your utmost consideration.  You can donate here if you’d like: nativenewsonline.net/donate

Sincerely,

Levi Rickert, Publisher

Prairie Band Potawatomi

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For the past decade-plus, we’ve covered the important Indigenous stories that are often overlooked by other media. From the protests at Standing Rock and the toppling of colonizer statues during the racial equity protests, to the ongoing epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the past-due reckoning related to assimilation, cultural genocide and Indian Boarding Schools, we have been there to provide a Native perspective and elevate Native voices.

Our news is free for everyone to read, but it is not free to produce. That’s why we’re asking you to make a donation this month to help support our efforts. Any contribution — big or small — helps us remain a force for change in Indian Country and continue telling the stories that are so often ignored, erased or overlooked.  Most often, our donors make a one-time gift of $20 or more, while many choose to make a recurring monthly donation of $5 or $10.  Whatever you can do, it helps fund our Indigenous-led newsroom and our ability to cover Native news. 

Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you. 

About The Author
Levi Rickert
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Levi Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation) is the founder, publisher and editor of Native News Online. Rickert was awarded Best Column 2021 Native Media Award for the print/online category by the Native American Journalists Association. He serves on the advisory board of the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association. He can be reached at [email protected]