The Lady Speaks

SD Planned Parenthood moving to Pine Ridge?

Cecilia Fire Thunder is furious about the state of South Dakota’s new abortion law. So furious that she plans to open a Planned Parenthood clinic on the Pine Ridge Reservation.


The President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Cecilia Fire Thunder, was incensed. A former nurse and healthcare giver she 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 me 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. [emphasis mine]

From kathrynt:

I called the Office of the President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of Pine Ridge, and spoke with Ms. Fire Thunder herself. (In case you haven’t seen it, this is in reference to

If you want to mail donations to the reservation, you may do so at: Oglala Sioux Tribe ATTN: President Fire Thunder P. O. Box 2070 Pine Ridge, SD 57770

OR: and this may be preferred, due to mail volume:


Enclose a letter voicing your support and explaining the purpose of the donation. Bear in mind, the Pine Ridge Res is not exactly dripping with disposeable income, so do consider donating funds directly to the tribe as well as specifically for this effort.

ETA: Make checks out to OST Planned Parenthood Cecelia Fire Thunder. This will ensure that the funds get routed properly.

For email contact, you can contact the president at:

firethunder_president AT NOSPAM yahoo DOT com
cc:vbush AT NOSPAM oglala DOT org

That is Ms. Fire Thunder’s personal email address; I have received permission to post it here. For the sake of record keeping, do cc: the listed address on all correspondence; that’s her official secretary.


March 23, 2006 - Posted by | Abortion, Birth Control, Reproductive Rights, Uncategorized, War On Women


  1. Cecilia Fire Thunder, Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence, Women’s Sovereignty

    Cecilia Fire Thunder believes that stopping sexual violence, domestic assault and incest — and caring for its victims –needs to rise to the top of the political agenda on the Pine Ridge reservation. For that reason, she is being impeache…

    Trackback by Women's Space/The Margins | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  2. I just read that PP has reduced the overall population of Blacks/ Afro-americans et. al. by 25%. Will these figures sustain throughout Indian Country? If I recall correctly open ended AFDC/TANF/FAIM (welfare) is about the only form of income to be had on most reservations. Also 1 out of 4 born with FAS/FAE and ruined God knows what other chemicals results in a slightly higher SSI payments to the mother for having disabled children. That said the above quoted figures from PP may not be realised. Another large federal grant to be lost to embezzled funds, corruption, mismanagement, slap on the wrist criminal penalties.

    Thank You for accepting my response to an old thread.

    Comment by Bill | July 29, 2015 | Reply

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