Ruth Hopkins

December 24, 2015
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
The 2015 Lakota Nation Invitational was this past weekend, so basketball is on everyone’s minds; but for those of us who were born and raised on the Rez, it’s always been a part of our lives.
December 21, 2015
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Ruth Hopkins
I’ve heard it dozens of times: folks justify the appropriation of Native culture and the theft of sacred rites and ceremonies by saying there’s no injury; that it’s essentially harmless, or even beneficial.
December 09, 2015
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Jody Wilson-Raybould, a First Nations woman, as Minister of Justice and Attorney-General.
November 15, 2015
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Ruth Hopkins
Due to colonization and the spread of Christianity throughout Native lands, Indigenous tattooing became taboo during the assimilation era. Even today, it’s discouraged. As a result, the practice went underground.
October 24, 2015
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Ruth Hopkins
Rez Natives love us some Halloween. I mean, what’s not to love about a pagan holiday involving carved produce, telling scary stories, and free candy? It’s like it was created with us in mind.
October 13, 2015
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Ruth Hopkins
Confession: I’m a science nerd.
March 22, 2015
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Native women, with their indomitable spirits and ability to create miracles through sheer force of will, are absolutely the reason why the indigenous people of the Western hemisphere managed to survive genocide, against all odds.
March 17, 2015
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Native Nations predate the existence of the United States of America by thousands of years. Colonists and foreign principalities alike acknowledged our sovereign status when they entered into treaties with tribes.
December 24, 2014
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Tis the Season. Christmas time, along with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick, mistletoe, ugly holiday sweaters, and the onslaught of sweaty suburban shoppers crowding shopping centers, is once again upon us.
December 19, 2014
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
…And Native appropriation continues to evolve in ever more bizarre "fashion."
October 28, 2014
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
When a loved one becomes ill, we often feel helpless. Seven years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. The malignancy was relatively far along when discovered, so there was no time to adjust to the news. She underwent a mastectomy within...
October 14, 2014
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Most Holy Father,
June 28, 2014
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
To say that the Black Hills (Kȟe Sapa) hold special significance for the Oceti Sakowin (The Great Sioux Nation) is an understatement. They’re not only our traditional homelands, where our ancestors once lived, they’re sacred.
April 25, 2014
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Cannabis legalization is a hot topic. After decades of collective societal distain for the plant ala Reefer Madness, public opinion now seems to be swaying in favor of its use, especially where its medicinal properties are concerned.

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