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Fire Thunder Under Fire

By Tracy Ziemer
OCT/NOV 2006

I was "All Fired Up" after reading about Cecilia Fire Thunder's antiabortion countermeasure work in South Dakota (Aug/Sept '06). But when I logged on to the website listed in the article, the homepage said Fire Thunder had been impeached by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council. Do you have any knowledge about how her impeachment has affected the reservation clinic? Thanks for your great magazine! Alicia Yi Remolde, Montclair, NJ

"All Fired Up" writer Tracy Ziemer responds: Cecilia fire Thunder's efforts to bring a reproductive-health clinic to her South Dakota reservation were at the crux of her impeachment in June, 2006. As the last issue of BUST went to press, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council voted 9 to 4 to oust Fire Thunder, citing six charges against her. Among them: her plans to organize a clinic were outside her authority; she failed to seek permission from the council for such a clinic; and she used the media, the U.S. Postal Service, and the tribe to solicit funds for the clinic. Fire Thunder's staff told BUST that she was removed from office illegally and is appealing through the tribal court. Plans to build a clinic on the reservation, however, are continuing despite the shakeup.

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