Ruth Hopkins

April 11, 2014
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
In recent weeks, social media erupted in outrage after it was announced that Warner Brothers had cast Rooney Mara, a non-Native actress, to play the part of Tiger Lily, a Native character, in a new adaptation of Peter Pan. We’re all seen this...
February 21, 2014
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Ruth Hopkins
Living in the Dakotas isn’t for everyone, primarily because of the weather. In the summer, it gets hot and sticky. Thunderheads appear on the horizon, hail stones rain down, and tornadoes materialize from on high to rage across the prairie.
December 08, 2013
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Ruth Hopkins
Since the passing of fellow Indigenous tribesman Madiba Nelson Mandela, much of mainstream media has attempted to paint him in their own colonial image, once again revising history to make the Federal Government and it’s allies look good, and...
November 10, 2013
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Ruth Hopkins
Who decides who is Indian? In pre-colonial times, it was obvious. Indigenous individuals were part of a whole tribal society. They were simply one of the People.
October 26, 2013
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Ruth Hopkins
Ahh, yes. Halloween is just around the corner. Time for pumpkin carving, Trick-Or-Treating, and women dressed like two-dollar hookers wearing headdresses.
May 07, 2013
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Ruth Hopkins
Welcome to the laboratory-rat cage, folks. We’re all being experimented on by Monsanto and the federal government. In April, President Barack Obama signed HR 933 into law. While this appropriations bill was fairly standard, a biotech rider included...
April 30, 2013
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Ruth Hopkins
Last week, grassroots opponents of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline hoping to halt its development were successful in submitting over 1 million comments before the State Department’s established April 22, 2013 deadline.
March 30, 2013
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Ruth Hopkins
Every American Indian alive today has been affected by the policy of assimilation implemented by the United States government not that long ago.
February 17, 2013
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Ruth Hopkins
This past Thursday, Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians, delivered the 11th Annual State of the Indian Nations Address.
February 10, 2013
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Genocide has found a new disguise: that of adolescent suicide. According to the Indian Health Service, Natives who fall between 10 and 24 years of age have the highest rate of suicide of all racial groups. Despite this epidemic, we’re still failing...
February 01, 2013
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Ruth Hopkins
Once upon a time, Natives gathered around a campfire to share stories. While these tales were used to educate, instill values, and preserve culture and history, they also provided us with a means of creative expression and intellectual dialogue, and...
November 15, 2012
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Ruth Hopkins
Not again!
November 09, 2012
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Ruth Hopkins
Not again! In September, the Native community sprang into action voicing our collective outrage after we were assailed by Paul Frank’s "neon pow-wow" fashion night, complete with war-painted employees and C-list celebrities donning feather headbands...
October 03, 2012
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
I come from a family of hunters. Autumn was always a big deal, because that’s when hunting season began. The day hunting licenses became available was treated like a special occasion.

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