Ruth Hopkins
5/2/16

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 and frail, covered lightly with a yellowed sheet....

Ruth Hopkins
4/25/16

In the past week, Kourtney, the oldest sister of the infamous Kardashian clan, has doubled down on racism against Natives....

Ruth Hopkins
4/19/16

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....

Ruth Hopkins
4/14/16

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....

Ruth Hopkins
12/24/15

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....

Ruth Hopkins
12/21/15

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....

John Trudell Mural
ICTMN Staff
12/9/15
Editor’s Note: The following are only a few of the casual remarks from the thinkers/writers/explorers of thought from ICTMN’s Op-Ed stable...
Ruth Hopkins
12/9/15

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Jody Wilson-Raybould, a First Nations woman, as Minister of Justice and Attorney-General....

Ruth Hopkins
11/15/15

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....

Ruth Hopkins
10/24/15

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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