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Ruth Hopkins: There would be no America without the first Americans
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: There would be no America without the first Americans (July 5, 2017)
European immigrants would not have survived long enough to form the 13 colonies but for the assistance of Natives, Ruth Hopkins writes on Indian Country Media Network.

Ruth Hopkins: Americans left with $15M bill for Dakota Access Pipeline's 'private army'
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Americans left with $15M bill for Dakota Access Pipeline's 'private army' (May 17, 2017)
Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) added monies to the Department of Justice’s budget for FY 2017 to reimburse North Dakota for incurred costs.

Ruth Hopkins: Indigenous science emphasizes our connectedness
Environment | Health | Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Indigenous science emphasizes our connectedness (December 19, 2016)
Writer Ruth Hopkins, a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, shares indigenous science from the Oceti Sakowin:

Ruth Hopkins: Donald Trump ushers in a new era of termination
Opinion | Politics
Ruth Hopkins: Donald Trump ushers in a new era of termination (December 13, 2016)
Donald Trump has a long history of animosity towards us.

Ruth Hopkins: South Dakota lawmakers make ploy for treaty lands
Opinion | Politics
Ruth Hopkins: South Dakota lawmakers make ploy for treaty lands (September 1, 2016)
The Black Hills of South Dakota, Khe Sapa, belongs to the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation).

Ruth Hopkins: Genocide is personal to each and every Native person
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Genocide is personal to each and every Native person (August 9, 2016)
Pardon me if I choose not to get into bed with the establishment that committed genocide against my people.

Ruth Hopkins: White feminists continue to sideline Native women
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: White feminists continue to sideline Native women (August 3, 2016)
One of the first suffragists was a Native woman named Zitkala Sa, who was Dakota, like me. Yet her work is never mentioned in feminist conversation.

Ruth Hopkins: Saving sacred Bear Butte from a massive biker bar
Environment | Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Saving sacred Bear Butte from a massive biker bar (June 24, 2016)
Bear Butte and the sacred rituals and ceremonies that must be conducted there are threatened.

Tribal leaders in Great Plains welcome Hillary Clinton's experience
National | Politics
Tribal leaders in Great Plains welcome Hillary Clinton's experience (June 3, 2016)
Tribal leaders are embracing Hillary Clinton but rival Bernie Sanders has vowed to keep fighting until the Democratic convention in July.

Ruth Hopkins: Elizabeth Warren is counting coup on Donald Trump
Opinion | Politics
Ruth Hopkins: Elizabeth Warren is counting coup on Donald Trump (May 31, 2016)
Elizabeth Warren is counting coup on Donald Trump and calling him out like only a strong Native woman can.

Ruth Hopkins: Tell indigenous youth that their lives really matter
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Tell indigenous youth that their lives really matter (May 2, 2016)
They are more precious than diamonds. They are love personified. They are proof of our ancestor's victory over tyranny and death.

Ruth Hopkins: Kardashian clan glorifies stereotypes of Native women
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Kardashian clan glorifies stereotypes of Native women (April 26, 2016)
Now I’m a busy little bee so I don’t have time to comment on every single incidence of Native appropriation, no matter how infuriating.

Ruth Hopkins: Native women still undergoing forced sterilization
Health | Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Native women still undergoing forced sterilization (April 19, 2016)
We are still here, fighting. We are still being killed. They are still defiling us.

Ruth Hopkins: Why I resigned my judgeship on Spirit Lake Nation
Law | Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Why I resigned my judgeship on Spirit Lake Nation (April 14, 2016)
Strangers I do not know who have never spoken to me before decided to use my good name to viciously attack one of our own.

Ruth Hopkins: Basketball is a big part of life in Indian Country
Opinion | Sports
Ruth Hopkins: Basketball is a big part of life in Indian Country (December 24, 2015)
For those with talent, skills, determination and ambition, it’s never too early to set your sights on hoops dreams.

Ruth Hopkins: Fake Indians claim religious right to marijuana
Law | Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Fake Indians claim religious right to marijuana (December 21, 2015)
Claiming marijuana as part of our spirituality to avoid catching a case threatens the rights of actual Natives who deserve protection under the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.

Ruth Hopkins: Native woman leads inquiry into our missing sisters
Canada | Law | Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Native woman leads inquiry into our missing sisters (December 9, 2015)
Jody’s Kwak'wala name is Puglaas, meaning 'Woman Born to Noble People.' Besides her education and experience, she will bring a fresh, new perspective to her post.

Ruth Hopkins: Tribes maintain a long tradition of tattooing
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Tribes maintain a long tradition of tattooing (November 16, 2015)
Numerous North American Tribes also adorned themselves with permanent body art well before the arrival of Columbus.

Ruth Hopkins: Film depicts every Native stereotype imaginable
Arts & Entertainment | Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Film depicts every Native stereotype imaginable (October 26, 2015)
It shouldn’t surprise you that since I like horror movies, I’m a fan of Eli Roth. Wait, let me correct that. WAS a fan.

Ruth Hopkins: Western science catches up to Native traditions
Opinion | Technology
Ruth Hopkins: Western science catches up to Native traditions (October 14, 2015)
Genetics is being used to map out the details of what our Native ancestors already knew: from microscopic bacteria to prairie sage; four legged beasties to two legged homo sapiens (humans), we are all related.

Ruth Hopkins: In praise of many mighty Native women leaders
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: In praise of many mighty Native women leaders (March 23, 2015)
Girls need to see their grown counterparts shine. They need positive role models to venerate; supreme examples of indigenous womanhood to aspire to.

Ruth Hopkins: Tribes must exercise sovereignty over their data
Opinion | Technology
Ruth Hopkins: Tribes must exercise sovereignty over their data (March 17, 2015)
While we were watching Netflix, organizing ITunes playlists and downloading the latest apps, the NSA was hard at work building an elaborate infrastructure that allows it to intercept the vast majority of human communications.

Ruth Hopkins: December is rough month for  Great Sioux Nation
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: December is rough month for Great Sioux Nation (December 24, 2014)
As a Dakota/Lakota woman, the holiday season is one of conflicting emotion, and often, grief.

Ruth Hopkins: Boycott a repeat offender of cultural appropriation
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Boycott a repeat offender of cultural appropriation (December 19, 2014)
Old portraits of Native men from the Allotment and Assimilation Era are displayed like cover models among Ralph Lauren’s latest line.

Ruth Hopkins: Tribes need to raise awareness of breast cancer
Health | Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Tribes need to raise awareness of breast cancer (October 28, 2014)
Ruth Hopkins shares the struggle her mother faced after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Ruth Hopkins: Healing the relationship with indigenous people
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Healing the relationship with indigenous people (October 15, 2014)
Pope Francis must rescind the Papal Bull that was used to justify the taking of Indian land.

Ruth Hopkins: Sioux leaders to meet with Obama for Black Hills
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Sioux leaders to meet with Obama for Black Hills (June 30, 2014)
Ruth Hopkins explains the significance of the Black Hills and previews upcoming talks with President Barack Obama.

Ruth Hopkins: North Dakota students don Siouxper Drunk shirts
Education | Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: North Dakota students don Siouxper Drunk shirts (May 13, 2014)
Ruth Hopkins addresses the controversy over University of North Dakota students who wore Siouxper Drunk t-shirts at a weekend festival.

Ruth Hopkins: Serious debate on marijuana in Indian Country
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Serious debate on marijuana in Indian Country (April 25, 2014)
Ruth Hopkins urges tribes to consider legalizing marijuana on their reservations.

Ruth Hopkins: Don't play into Hollywood's white privilege game
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Don't play into Hollywood's white privilege game (April 11, 2014)
Ruth Hopkins says Native people should tell their own stories and not rely on the mainstream media.

Ruth Hopkins: Help reservation families with heating assistance
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Help reservation families with heating assistance (February 21, 2014)
Ruth Hopkins urges readers to help LastRealIndians.com raise heating assistance for families in North Dakota and South Dakota.

Ruth Hopkins: Leonard Peltier should be set free after 36 years
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Leonard Peltier should be set free after 36 years (December 9, 2013)
Ruth Hopkins calls on President Barack Obama to set American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier free.

Ruth Hopkins: Just who decides who is an Indian these days?
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Just who decides who is an Indian these days? (November 11, 2013)
Ruth Hopkins dives into the debate of who is Indian and who is not.

Ruth Hopkins: Native Americans are not Halloween  costumes
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Native Americans are not Halloween costumes (October 28, 2013)
It's that time of year again -- Ruth Hopkins discusses racist Indian costumes.

Ruth Hopkins: Law protects corporations instead of humans
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Law protects corporations instead of humans (May 7, 2013)
Ruth Hopkins on H.R.933, also known as the Monsanto Protection Act: Welcome to the laboratory-rat cage, folks. We’re all being experimented on by Monsanto and the federal government. In April,...

Ruth Hopkins: Keystone XL poses  big  risk in  Indian Country
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Keystone XL poses big risk in Indian Country (April 30, 2013)
Ruth Hopkins on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline: TransCanada wants to build Keystone XL to transport around 830,000 barrels of diluted tar sands bitumen crude to Texas refineries. Canadian tar...

Ruth Hopkins: North Dakota voter   law threatens Native rights
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: North Dakota voter law threatens Native rights (April 25, 2013)
Ruth Hopkins on a voter identification law in North Dakota: Voter ID laws are controversial because many believe they disenfranchise legitimate elderly, student, and minority voters. Discouraging even a small...

Ruth Hopkins: Sexual abuse a legacy of Indian boarding school
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Sexual abuse a legacy of Indian boarding school (April 1, 2013)
Ruth Hopkins discusses sexual abuse at Indian boarding schools: Life at boarding school was punishing of its own accord. Children were not allowed to return home to visit their families...

Ruth Hopkins: Actress   shows up  in 'Redface' on magazine cover
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Actress shows up in 'Redface' on magazine cover (March 12, 2013)
Ruth Hopkins takes on yet another example of cultural appropriation: Now I've really seen it all. Michelle Williams is on the cover of AnOther Magazine, in apparent Redface. Michelle...

Ruth Hopkins: NCAI speech omits some more pressing issues
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: NCAI speech omits some more pressing issues (February 18, 2013)
"This past Thursday, Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians, delivered the 11th Annual State of the Indian Nations Address. Mr. Keel gave a standard political speech....

Ruth Hopkins: Genocide takes a new disguise in     youth suicide
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Genocide takes a new disguise in youth suicide (February 11, 2013)
"Genocide has found a new disguise: that of adolescent suicide. According to the Indian Health Service, Natives who fall between 10 and 24 years of age have the highest rate...

Ruth Hopkins: Natives sharing  ghost stories on the Internet
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Natives sharing ghost stories on the Internet (February 1, 2013)
"Every Native has a ghost story to tell. I use the term ghost loosely, as we are a spiritual people with strong belief systems. Our ghost stories may involve spirits...

Ruth Hopkins: Not again! Fashion  puts an 'Indian' on the runway
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Not again! Fashion puts an 'Indian' on the runway (November 9, 2012)
"Not again!?! In September, the Native community sprang into action voicing our collective outrage after we were assailed by Paul Frank’s ‘neon pow-wow’ Fashion night, complete with war-painted employees and...

Ruth Hopkins: Gun rights, hunting and treaties in Indian Country
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Gun rights, hunting and treaties in Indian Country (October 3, 2012)
"The right to bear arms is a significant issue in Indian country. In the case of tribal member gun owners however, it has less to do with a liberal or...

Ruth Hopkins: Turtle Mountain girls taunted at volleyball  game
Education | National | Sports
Ruth Hopkins: Turtle Mountain girls taunted at volleyball game (September 21, 2012)
"On September 15, 2012, at a middle school volleyball tournament at Minot Central High School, young Native girls, who were part of the Belcourt volleyball team, were accused of stealing...

Ruth Hopkins: Saving a sacred Black Hills site from auction block
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Saving a sacred Black Hills site from auction block (August 15, 2012)
"On August 25, 1,942.66 acres divided into five tracts of land located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is slated to go up for auction. In 2012, such an...

Ruth Hopkins: Growing up on a reservation without technology
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Growing up on a reservation without technology (July 20, 2012)
"Every now and again, I suffer from bouts of technology fatigue. I remember a simpler time. When I was a kid growing up on the rez, we didn’t have cell...

Ruth Hopkins: Guilt, fear and apathy fuel the zombie apocalypse
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Guilt, fear and apathy fuel the zombie apocalypse (June 8, 2012)
"We’ve all heard the story by now: the vicious attack by a nude, face-eating cannibal in Florida over Memorial Day weekend. On a ramp of the MacArthur Causeway in Miami,...

Ruth Hopkins: UFO sightings common across Indian Country
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: UFO sightings common across Indian Country (April 26, 2012)
"Ancient Indigenous Peoples around the globe have reported unidentified lights in the sky, and even contact with star beings, for millennia. Corroborations of these interactions are found in petroglyphs and...

Ruth Hopkins: Protect grasslands as ancestors intended
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Protect grasslands as ancestors intended (April 13, 2012)
"For plains Tribes, the preservation of grasslands is crucial to the survival of our culture. Its unique configuration of Native plants and grasses provide us with medicine, tools, shelter, and...

Ruth Hopkins: Adventures in living away from   reservation
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Adventures in living away from reservation (March 19, 2012)
"I moved away from home two months ago for work. For the past six years, I’d been living on the Lake Traverse Reservation of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate where I...

Ruth Hopkins: Republicans declare war on women's rights
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Republicans declare war on women's rights (February 23, 2012)
"A few weeks ago, Susan G. Komen for the Cure defunded Planned Parenthood. Komen is a leading charity for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Planned Parenthood health centers...

Ruth Hopkins: Lakota science connected to   spiritual beliefs
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Lakota science connected to spiritual beliefs (January 12, 2012)
"Before Galileo Galilei and Sir Isaac Newton, the Lakota studied astronomy. Many indigenous peoples did. They were natural scientists. What sets indigenous “ethnoastronomy” apart from mainstream western astronomy is native...

Ruth Hopkins: New law turns Americans into the new Indians
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: New law turns Americans into the new Indians (January 9, 2012)
"On New Years Eve, President Obama signed The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law. Essentially the law does what previous NDAA incarnations have- it provides funding for the U.S....

Ruth Hopkins: Indian Country produced its own heroes in 2011
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Indian Country produced its own heroes in 2011 (January 3, 2012)
"Indian Country presented its own heroes in 2011. Debra White Plume, a Lakota grandmother, has become a prominent figure in the Environmental movement. She protests uranium mining on Tribal lands,...

Ruth Hopkins: Indigenous plant species deserve our protection
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Indigenous plant species deserve our protection (December 2, 2011)
"As natives, we have a responsibility to protect indigenous plant species, and this includes preserving natural, non-hybrid varieties. Plant species like indigenous corn (maize), are endangered. The protection and conservation...

Ruth Hopkins: Scientific evidence of intergenerational trauma
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Scientific evidence of intergenerational trauma (November 28, 2011)
"Epigenetics may provide hard scientific evidence of intergenerational trauma among American Indians and link it directly to diseases that currently afflict us, like cancer and diabetes. The term “intergenerational trauma”...

Ruth Hopkins: Don't forget to honor  Indian women veterans
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Don't forget to honor Indian women veterans (November 11, 2011)
"Within Indigenous societies, women are sacred. They personify Ina Maka, Mother Earth—and all creation. Not only did they give rise to all proud, red nations, they continue to play crucial...

Ruth Hopkins: 'Problem Indians' sent to Hiawatha Asylum
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: 'Problem Indians' sent to Hiawatha Asylum (November 4, 2011)
In 1898, just eight years after the Wounded Knee Massacre, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that created a new federal facility: The Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians.

Ruth Hopkins: Keystone XL Pipeline poses a risk to   water source
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Keystone XL Pipeline poses a risk to water source (September 27, 2011)
"During a two week sit-in, 1,252 environmentalists, including top climate scientists and indigenous First Nations and Tribal leaders, were arrested in front of the White House while protesting the proposed...

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