A Question of Sovereignty

Cecelia Fire Thunder, President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, is angry, and she’s not going to take it any more.

In fact, she’s planning to establish a Planned Parenthood Clinic on the reservation and welcome South Dakota women of all ethnicities.

We so often read about Native American sovereignty so often in the context either of casinos or of people’s inability to get the help they need. It’s an amazing breath of fresh air to read about it used for its real purpose: Fire Thunder is providing not only much-needed respite to an endangered group (South Dakota women), she’s also showing what not being part of the United States means in this day and age.

To do this, she needs money:

Oglala Sioux Tribe
ATTN: President Fire Thunder
P. O. Box 2070
Pine Ridge, SD 57770

OR:

ATTN: PRESIDENT FIRE THUNDER
PO BOX 990
Martin, SD 57751

Make checks out to OST Planned Parenthood Cecelia Fire Thunder.

Don’t miss Pandagon’s take on this, including Amanda’s predictions:

1) Behind closed doors, at least one of the white men who passed this law made a crack about how they should have killed them all when they had a chance, 2) The Sioux’s sovereignty on this issue will be challenged, and 3) The anti-choice propaganda machine will swing into action and try to turn Sioux men on Sioux women by claiming that Planned Parenthood is genocidal–and if that doesn’t take, they at least will continue to spread the meme that contraception=genocide, which is of course another way of playing up the idea that contraception is women sneaking something past men.

<br /> Native American<br /> abortion<br /> South Dakota<br /> feminism<br /> Cecelia Fire Thunder<br /> Planned Parenthood<br /> pro choice<br /> <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/Body+Impolitic" rel="tag nofollow" class="broken_link">Body Impolitic</a><br />