Ruth Hopkins
9/1/16

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 federally owned land in the Black Hills. Rep....

Ruth Hopkins
8/9/16

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 Reservation....

Ruth Hopkins
8/3/16

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 United States and white feminists feel emboldened...

Ruth Hopkins
6/23/16

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)....

Ruth Hopkins
5/27/16

On Thursday, Donald Trump, flanked by enthusiastic brown noser Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND), ...

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....

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