Ruth Hopkins

September 01, 2016
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Ruth Hopkins
Last month, in response to a request by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (R), U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) introduced legislation intended to facilitate a federal-state land exchange of around 2,000 acres of...
August 09, 2016
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Ruth Hopkins
As a reservation NDN descended from exiles who went to war against the U.S. Government, I've been under surveillance by the Feds my entire life. I was born at an old military fort on tribal land: Fort Yates, North Dakota, on the Standing Rock Sioux...
August 03, 2016
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Ruth Hopkins
There is a disconnect between white feminists and self-identifying feminists and womanists who are Women of Color (WoC). Unfortunately, this issue is likely to worsen as Hillary Clinton, a powerful white feminist herself, runs for President of the...
June 23, 2016
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Ruth Hopkins
Turtle Island and the Indigenous groups who have continuously occupied these lands are older than the United States of America. Our spiritual beliefs are tied to Ina Maka (Mother Earth).
May 27, 2016
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Ruth Hopkins
On Thursday, Donald Trump, flanked by enthusiastic brown noser Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND),
May 02, 2016
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Ruth Hopkins
When my grandpa was dying of cancer, he asked for me. He wanted me to sit with him. I was about 8 years old. The cancer had metastasized and spread over his entire body so he was in exquisite pain. I can still see him lying there in his bed, bony...
April 25, 2016
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Ruth Hopkins
In the past week, Kourtney, the oldest sister of the infamous Kardashian clan, has doubled down on racism against Natives.
April 19, 2016
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Ruth Hopkins
During the 1970s, stories of Native women being forcibly sterilized began to emerge. In these cases, consent was absent. Some were manipulated and lied to in order for the government to gain access for sterilization.
April 14, 2016
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Ruth Hopkins
I’ve been a tribal Judge for four years. In the beginning, I was an Associate Judge for the tribe I’m enrolled with, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. That’s where I got my judicial feet wet, so to speak.
December 24, 2015
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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
BY:
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.

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