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About The Author
Levi Rickert
Author: Levi Rickert
Levi Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation) is the founder, publisher and editor of Native News Online. He can be reached at [email protected]

September 23, 2021 Native News Online Staff
WASHINGTON — Keeping a campaign promise to Indian Country, the White House announced on Wednesday that it will host a 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit this fall. While the exact date is yet to be announced, the summit will take place during the week of November 8, 2021.
September 22, 2021 Native News Online Staff Currents 2534
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – A 32-year old non-Native man was sentenced Monday in federal court to five years for assaulting an American Indian child on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation.
September 21, 2021 Levi Rickert Currents 1296
WAYLAND, Mich. — Gun Lake Tribe Chairman Bob Peters and tribal council members cut the ribbon on the Gun Lake Casino’s $100-million expansion last Friday morning.
September 20, 2021 Native News Online Staff Currents 3803
SEATTLE — The FBI’s Seattle Field Office is offering a $10,000 reward for information relating to the disappearance of Mary Davis Johnson (Tulalip) who has not been seen since Nov. 25, 2020.
September 19, 2021 Native News Online Staff Currents 1175
WASHINGTON — In addition to news already covered during the previous week, each Sunday Native News Online provides an overview of activity in Washington, D.C. that impacts Indian Country during the past week.
September 19, 2021 Levi Rickert Opinion 1797
OPINION. Understandably, Americans are ready to get on with their lives. Since the first Covid-19 death was announced in the United States 19 months ago, the nation, along with tribal nations, have wanted to get back to their routines of their normal lives by returning to restaurants, shopping, casinos, and going back to school.
September 17, 2021 Crystle Lightning Opinion 4726
Thanks to a recorded interview made public by Pulitzer Prize-winners Carol Leonnig and Phil Rucker, we’ve learned that former President Donald Trump now has other culprits to vilify in his Big Lie. “Indians that got paid to vote in different places” has been added to his roster of delusion.
September 14, 2021 Jenna Kunze Sovereignty 3041
TULSA, Okla.—Negiel Bigpond is a Yuchi elder, an Evangelical pastor, an Indian boarding school survivor and an activist. Since 2003, he’s worked with Sam Brownback—the former U.S. Senator, Kansas Governor and present U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom—to pursue a formal apology from the mouth of the United States president for atrocities committed against Native Americans.
September 08, 2021 Jenna Kunze Sovereignty 2240
You might recognize Rebecca Nagle’s voice from Season 1 of her podcast This Land, produced by Crooked Media, where she told the story of a landmark court case—McGirt v. Oklahoma—that determined how much of Oklahoma is tribal land.
September 22, 2021 Levi Rickert Education 1744
PIERRE, S.D. — Facing bipartisan pressure and calls for her resignation by the South Dakota Education Equity Coalition , South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem told the state Department of Education to postpone controversial changes to its social studies standards for up to one year to allow for more public input.
September 14, 2021 Darren Thompson Education 15753
BISMARCK, N.D.— A mom and educator from North Dakota has released a children’s book aimed at answering why many Indigenous boys and men have long hair. Bear’s Braid , Native author Joelle Bearstail’s first book, was inspired by experiences her son had while attending school in Bismarck, N.D.
Arts & Entertainment
September 21, 2021 Native News Online Staff Arts & Entertainment 17797
LOS ANGELES — Documentary film studio XTR announced on Tuesday it is making Lakota Nation vs. the United States , a feature-length documentary chronicling the Lakota Indians’ present-day quest to reclaim the Black Hills.
September 20, 2021 Darren Thompson Arts & Entertainment 1598
OKLAHOMA CITY—This weekend, the First Americans Museum (FAM) in Oklahoma City opened its doors to the public with a weekend of performances, demonstrations, and ceremonies from dignitaries representing all of the state’s 39 tribes.
September 22, 2021 Native News Online Staff Environment 482
LOS ANGELES – The Wupatki National Monument in Arizona will get a new conservation and management plan thanks to a $1.3 million grant from Getty Foundation to the University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design.
September 22, 2021 Native News Online Staff Environment 3524
MADISON, Wis.—Six tribes are suing the state of Wisconsin for its planned November wolf hunt, claiming the proposed hunt violates the tribes’ treaty rights.