Ruth Hopkins (Cankudutawin- Red Road Woman) is Dakota and Lakota, of the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation). Born on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and enrolled with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, she currently resides on the Spirit Lake Nation, where she is Chief Judge. Ruth is an award winning columnist for Indian Country Today, and co-founder of Lastrealindians.com. She is also a contributor for The Guardian, Truthout.org, Jezebel.com, Racialicious.com, BKNation.org, and Counterpunch. Her work has been featured everywhere, including Gawker, the Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Star Magazine, MTV, and she’s been a regular on TMZ Live. Ruth is also a biologist who specializes in ethnobotany and environmental science.



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