In CIRCLES, Ruby Standing Deer explores the relationship between her Dakota heritage and her experiences in the modern American world. This work is a reflection on how these two parts of her identity inform her writing."The book starts with a story about my mother's family, who were the first Native American people to be placed on reservations in North Dakota, and ends with me returning to my reservation as an adult and thinking about which part of our history was more meaningful."Ruby Standing Deer's book CIRCLES is a memoir about how one woman's heritage as a Dakota native in the United States led to both personal growth and writing career success. The book starts with the story of Ruby's mother leaving their tribe when she was just 15 years old so she could attend boarding school in Minnesota.