Thursday, March 23, 2006

Sioux President to Defy Anti-Abortion Law

Cecilia Fire Thunder, president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe at Pine Ridge, SD, says that she is going to stand up to Gov. Rounds' ban of all abortion in the state of South Dakota.

According to an Native American Times article by Tim Giago, Ms. Fire Thunder was "incensed...that a body made up of mostly white males would make such a stupid law against women."

"To me, it is now a question of sovereignty," she said to [Tim] last week. "I will personally establish a Planned Parenthood clinic on my own land which is within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Reservation where the State of South Dakota has absolutely no jurisdiction."

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To which I say: way to go, Fire Thunder! Not only is this a wonderful thing for Sioux women...this could be a landmark in sovereignty rights in Native America.

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At 6:54 PM, Blogger amanda said...

Good For her!!! There is sooo much controversy going on with the Seneca Tribe as of now because of the ignorant New York State Lawmakers. They have been told many things that I feel aren't fair nor right and break all treaty agreements that were made with NY state years and years ago. I only hope that the Native Americans here get what they fight for!!!!

 

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