Jacqueline Keeler wrote and reminded me of how much we've been internally colonized. She points to the impeachment of President Cecilia Fire Thunder up North for" for speaking out against an abortion ban passed by the State of South Dakota. The Oglala tribal council cited Lakota Tradition as the reason to abrogate a woman's right to choose on the reservation. Women on the reservation now have less rights than most women in the United States. The mostly male council passed an anti-abortion law, making it illegal to even pursue an abortion. If a woman seeks an abortion on the reservation she and whoever helps here will be banished. What happens to the men that cause the pregnancy?"
She wrote about this issue on her blog, called "Fire Thunder Impeachment and the Rights of Women":
Check out this blog. Thanks Jacqueline.
I'm reminded what my ex-band member and Indian attorney said when he was a judge at a neighboring pueblo after a day of one tragedy of human behavior after the other. He finally lost it in court and demanded that the whole tribe be brought in for counseling!
The whole country needs grief counseling and anger management.
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I'm featured today on the blog of the National Book Critics Circle site, courtesy of board member Jane Ciab. I was asked which books I am currently reading.
Harjo's What I am Reading
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I've been doing "picture of the day". It makes a good exercise for paying attention to what's around you. Here are a couple:
My grandsons go back-to-school at Zia Elementary. They are smiling in other photos, but overall this one came out best.
And finally, this morning glory giving back light.