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Ruth Hopkins

Ruth Hopkins

Ruth Hopkins (Sisseton Wahpeton & Mdewakanton Dakota, Hunkpapa Lakota) is a writer, blogger, biologist, activist and judge.


Articles by Ruth Hopkins

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Indigenous Biology

Colonization sought to separate us from nature. Yet in the past century, western science has begun to explore the idea of connectivity and how living beings interact and affect one another. Chaos Theory says small causes can have large effects. As species are endangered and go instinct due manmade...

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South Dakota Politicians Make a Covert Play for Black Hills Land

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. Kristi Noem introduced...

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Watching the Feds

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. I grew around...

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The Problem With White Feminists

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 by it.Issues of sex, and...

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Save Bear Butte

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). As such, Indian Country holds sacred sites of reverence that pre-date European invasion.Bear Butte is one of these holy...

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Each Child Is Sacred

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 bed,...

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Kardashians Are the Queens of Playing NDN

In the past week, Kourtney, the oldest sister of the infamous Kardashian clan, has doubled down on racism against Natives. She posted an Icelandic belfie (butt selfie) with the caption ‘Eski-Ho’ to Instagram and tweeted yet another picture of herself in a skin tight tan suede dress with slit...

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Painting My Legs Red

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. Young Native women living in poverty were told they would lose welfare benefits they...