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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...