FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN FEMALE DENTIST TO SPEAK AT NMU

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MARQUETTE—Jessica Rickert, the first female Native American dentist, will speak at

7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 in Northern Michigan University’s Mead Auditorium, located in the West Science building.

            Rickert, the keynote speaker for the NMU Center for Native American Studies’ November Medicine Wheel Academy, graduated from University of Michigan in 1975, becoming the first nationally recognized female Native American dentist.  

Rickert owns a private practice in Interlochen and works with the Michigan Dental Association, providing school screenings and elder care and education. She has published a book titled “Exploring Careers in Dentistry,” and in the past wrote a column called “Ask the Dentist” that was published in three Native American newspapers. Rickert also owns a small business, called Whitepigeon Enterprises.

            For more information on the Medicine Wheel Academy or the keynote speaker, contact the Center for Native American Studies at 227-1397.





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