Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Sovereignty, personal and territorial
Apparently, the Oglala Sioux -- a sovereign Native nation -- are offering to create and maintain legal clinics which offer safe abortions within South Dakota borders. The political, legal, and cultural ramifications of this are remarkable, actually.... I don't even want to think about what's going to happen when the Christian right realizes that the reservations -- which they've been missionizing relentlessly for as long as they've been in existence -- are reservoirs of both gambling and abortion, and the only ways around that are going to be either promoting hard-core religious movements on the reservations or breaking down the sovereignty of the First Nations.