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Ruth H. Hopkins @RuthHHopkins
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The Christmas season is a happy time for many. But for a Oceti Sakowin (the Great Sioux Nation) it holds painful memories. Sitting Bull was assassinated on Dec 15. The #Dakota38 were hanged Dec 26 in the largest execution in US history & the #WoundedKneeMassacre was Dec 29.
November isn’t any better. The #WashitaMassacre was on Nov 27 and the #SandCreekMassacre was Nov 29 & we will never forget the brutality that took place on Backwater Bridge just a few days before Thanksgiving. Our slaughter is tied to colonial holidays.
Lest we forget Columbus Day, a day set aside to honor a genocidal murderer who lopped off Indigenous limbs & gave Indigenous little girls to his men to be used as sex slaves.🙄
As Natives, we are forced to reconcile these injustices. We refuse to let others steal our joy and we do all we can to provide our children with good memories and a better future. So we still smile, but sometimes it is with tears in our eyes.
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