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[public] Help kick South Dakota in the ass.

(This post is public.)

So, as many of you know, South Dakota has recently decided to trample on women's rights and medical safety. This has outraged a good many of us. However, it has in particular outraged a woman in a unique position to do something about it.

The President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation,Cecilia Fire Thunder, was incensed. A former nurse and healthcare givershe was very angry that a state body made up mostly of white males,would make such a stupid law against women.

“To me, it is now a question of sovereignty,” she said to melast week. “I will personally establish a Planned Parenthood clinic onmy own land which is within the boundaries of the Pine RidgeReservation where the State of South Dakota has absolutely nojurisdiction.”
See the rest of the story here.

Two things went through my mind when I read this. The first was, "Oh, rock on!." The second was, "How can I help this woman?"

Well, the amazing kathrynt, from whose journal I first learned of this, did some legwork. In fact, she called the Office of the President of the Sioux Tribe of Pine Ridge, and actually spoke with Ms. Fire Thunder.

Details on how to help Ms. Fire Thunder and her cause can be found in kathrynt's journal, at the above link, though I'll include it here again:

I can't think of a more wonderful way to give the legislators in South Dakota a much-needed boot to the head.

(Permission to link to kathrynt's journal given by her in the post referenced.)
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Some more background on Ms. Fire Thunder:

(The suspension mentioned in that second article's blown over:

If she can survive Indian boarding school and the insular fishbowl of rez politics, I'm sure she'll have no trouble standing strong against the state. Rock on with your bad self, cousin!