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Fire Thunder set for impeachment hearing

Cecelia Fire Thunder, the suspended president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, will go before the tribal council on Thursday, June 29, for her third impeachment hearing.

The hearing was called over Fire Thunder's very public opposition to the state's restrictive abortion law. 'I got really angry about a bunch of white guys in the state Legislature making decisions about my body, again," the 59-year-old nurse told Indian Country Today in an interview.

Fire Thunder was ordered not to talk to the media but she told ICT she couldn't remain silent as Native women continue to suffer sexual and physical abuse, many of them at the hands of non-Indians. ''The abortion issue is the key that opens the padlock to sexual deviancy that is occurring on the Pine Ridge reservation," she said in the interview.

Critics say her call to open a women's clinic on the Pine Ridge Reservation went against traditional Lakota values. They say she solicited funds for the clinic in violation of tribal law.

The tribal council subsequently suspended Fire Thunder and outlawed abortion. Some tribal members have started a drive to put a ban on abortion in the tribe's constitution.

Get the Story:
Fire Thunder: Halting sexual violence should lead political agenda (Indian Country Today 6/26)
Impeachment hearing set (The Rapid City Journal 6/24)

Relevant Links:
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