A northern Michigan woman is not only a trailblazer for other women but for minorities- specifically American Indians or Native Americans. Dr. Jessica Rickert was the first American Indian female dentist in the country and she so just happens to be in northern Michigan. She’s a Potawatomi American Indian, part of the Algonquian Native American people.
“The Potawatomi have a very precious saying that they live by and that is our people are as a great river. We flow from forever to forever. The river comes from drops of water. From the sky, from the hills, and from the springs. Each individual drop is insignificant. It’s nothing. Yet when we all come together, all of us, like a river it cuts a path through anything in its way, even a granite,” says Dr. Rickert.
Her focused mindset and the resilient outlook is only part of where her story begins. Originally