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Ruth H. Hopkins @RuthHHopkins
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#MMIWG started when Columbus landed. He stole little prepubescent Native girls & sold them or gave them away as sex slaves. Indigenous women’s and girls bodies have been subjected to conquest just like Mother Earth, the Original Indigenous woman. It never ended.
There are stories of sexual violence & #MMIW throughout Native history. Like the soldiers raping Dakota women within earshot of their husbands & male relatives at prison camps they were sent to after the Dakota War.
One of my grandmothers was murdered by a jealous man who was obsessed with her & claimed to be in love with her. My grandfather never got over it. Her name was Daisy. Before he passed, he mistook me for her. #MMIW
Lost Bird was ripped from her murdered mother’s arms at Wounded Knee as an infant and taken by an army officer. #MMIW
#MMIW has roots in colonization. We should acknowledge that. #MMIW are still being viewed as subhuman. Our lives as Native women aren’t valued. That’s why the problem continues.
Indigenous women are targeted because we birth nations. They are afraid of our wombs. We are gateways to the spirit world. We are the lifegivers, the backbone and the foundation. That’s why the government sterilized so many Native women.
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