Pressing the attack on Bill Napoli and the Sacred Choices Women's Health Clinic

I had the above cartoon sent to me today (Click to enlarge) as an item that had been going around nationally about the misinterpretation about Bill Napoli's explanation between consensual statutory rape and rape being committed as an act of violence that had gotten badly mangled and earned him the ire of pro-choice forces.

It's one of those things that there is no easy way to even attempt to try to draw a difference between, so it's best left alone.

Anyway, the cartoon above apparently has gone through some of the blogosphere and the original is for sale on ebay. With over 6 days left, it's up to $280. The seller "S*McMillan" is selling it with the proceeds to go towards planned parenthood and a womens health clinic that might be established as part of the OST. As the eBay seller writes:

As reported on, the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Cecilia Fire Thunder, responded to news of the South Dakota abortion ban by declaring, "To me, it is now a question of sovereignty. 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."

Planned Parenthood later stated that though they appreciated Ms. Fire Thuder’s statement, they had no plans to close their Sioux Falls clinic and didn’t have plans to open a second clinic in South Dakota.

However, I really admire her spirit and in case she can build a women’s reproductive health care clinic, whether or not it’s a Planned Parenthood one, I want to support her. She’s apparently done a lot of good for the tribe, which suffers from extreme unemployment, a crushing level of poverty and low life expectancy, after having had their land stolen and traditional way of life all but destroyed by the United States.

Here’s a description of her from Indian Country Today:

“Fire Thunder has dedicated much of her adult life to the defense of the Indian family and the struggle against abuse of Indian women and children. She is an advocate of the rescue and use of the Lakota language by the younger generation. …A practical nurse, Fire Thunder established an organization, Sacred Circle, to address domestic violence. Her career stands as testimony of the effort to help rebuild the self-esteem of women in her community and nationally.”

So while I would be honored to support any efforts of hers to build a clinic, I think it would also be good to contribute to any of the many ways she’s assisting people at Pine Ridge, and I‘m not going to try to direct how my contribution should be best used -- I’ll simply write the check to the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Okay, she's certainly welcome to her opinion. But as I look at the eBay listing, there are permission slips from Planned Parenthood and another organization I've never heard of Cangleska, Inc. They are giving permission to market the proceeds as going to them and "the Sacred Choices Womens Clinic."

According to a release issued by Senator Tim Johnson in conjunction with a grant, it's noted that

Cangleska, Inc. is a national resource center to tribes across America. They write training manuals, develop materials that other reservations may use in order to provide the same type of assistance on their respective lands, provide technical training to tribes and tribal organizations who deal with domestic violence against Native women, and also write tribal domestic violence laws along with probation laws.
And I'd agree that absolutely, these are certainly noble deeds. But as I read the note (Click to enlarge)

I find myself wondering what was going on here, as clearly they're naming the Sacred Choices Women's Clinic as the beneficiary under the authorization of Cangleska.

In going back to the orignal website of the cartoon, the artist Stephanie McMillan provides a little explanation:
Sacred Choices, the women’s reproductive health clinic planned by Oglala Sioux Tribe President Cecilia Fire Thunder, to be built on sovereign tribal land at Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and which would not be subject to US law.

I'd really appreciate it if people could help to spread the word! It would be pretty cool to be able to make a significant contribution!
(Aside from the fact it IS subject to US law as in federal, but not SD law) Is it just me, or do things seem a little farther down the line than it being a whim? Maybe things can happen quicker than I think they would, but I'm somewhat doubtful that Cecelia could just pop in one day and say she wants to open a clinic and ask Cangleska to back it

Here we have an organization, Cangleska which just a couple of years back got over a million dollars from the federal government for domestic violence assistance, and many other private and government grants - and they're apparently behind the effort.

This seems odd to me and worth the blogpost, because all of this just came out in the paper on the middle of last week. And two days later they've got the full backing of a local organization and a name for the place? It seems like there are a lot of missing pieces to this puzzle.

I'll just leave it at that, and let the readers write their own endings.


Anonymous said…
Isn't that convenient! They gladly use SD laws when they want to incorporate, but will gladly claim sovreign immunity when there are laws they don't want to abide by. When will our US or State government get the balls to get rid of this two-faced nonsense? We have to change our legislative districts to appease Karen Schrier and the ultra-left, but our laws don't apply to Indians anyway. Why should they have ANY representation? Also, putting Napoli's phone numbers in a "cartoon" shows how absolutely low and despicable the pro-abortion hardcores are.
Anonymous said…
This cartoon was intended to direct harassment toward the Napoli family. While not as sinister and suggestive as the posting newland made, it's finally made it to South Dakota.

Now the "artist" is trying to cash out on it. hahaha!! Plenty of useful idiots out there.

The abort clinic at Pine Ridge has been nixed. Wonder how that happened? LOL. So where is the other half of the proceeds going now???
Anonymous said…
WOW, and neither of the female representations in the cartoon are Blond!!
Nicholas Nemec said…
Any watcher of the SD Legislature knew this ban was going to pass this year. The only question was if Gov, Rounds would embrace it and sign it into law. President Fire Thunder didn't reveal her intentions until after the signing. So what. That doesn't make it a conspiracy, it just means she isn't some rube that just fell off the hay wagon. She is a smart leader who found another way within the law to accomplish her objectives.

As far as this fund raiser is concerned it obviously fell into place after Napoli made his now famous comments. Unless you think Napoli gave advance copy of his remarks to the cartoonist. That would be a conspiracy.

I don't condone crank phone calls but every elected official with a listed phone number knows the risk that comes with that kind of accessability.

It's too bad that the first anonymous commenter don't have enough guts to sign their racist drivel. If they want to disenfranchise Native Americans then they better get used to the light of day because bills can't have anonymous sponsors. Otherwise shut up and crawl back under your rock.
Anonymous said…
So, how are the Native Americans doing, NN ? Has the reservation system worked? Or does it just need a few more billions thrown at it?
Nicholas Nemec said…
I didn't say the reservation was Heaven on earth. I was condemning the first racist anonymous commenter for suggesting Indians shouldn't have the right to vote and for not having the guts to sign his/her name.
cmb said…
Our State Laws don't apply in ND, MN, Canada, or Norway. Do they have representation, or special preferences in our state legislature?
Anonymous said…
PP, you raise some serious questions about the legitimacy of this "fund raiser."
How can a non-profit with a mission statement geared to creating information on domestic violence lend its 501-c3 status and get into the abortion business. They are claiming a connection. Will a portion of the purchase price be deductable?
"Sacred Choices"?? That is just sick. Is abortion one of those Native American values?
Here's a link to a superb article about it.
nonnie said…
I re-read the first comment several times, and nowhere does he/she say Indians shouldn't have the right to vote. It just questions why Indian reservations aren't subject to the same rules as the rest of the country. And I agree. The time has come for all the US citizens to be treated the same and to be subject to the same state/federal laws. And its time to end the system that has made Indians dependent on gov't handouts and which has destroyed their initiative and self-esteem. That system has been tried and proven to not work. We are all citizens and should have equal rights and responsibilities and be subject to the same laws.

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