Ruth Hopkins

December 24, 2014
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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
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Ruth Hopkins
…And Native appropriation continues to evolve in ever more bizarre "fashion."
October 28, 2014
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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
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Ruth Hopkins
Most Holy Father,
June 28, 2014
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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
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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.
April 11, 2014
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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
BY:
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.

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