Cecilia Fire Thunder

Cecilia J. Fire Thunder (Oglala Lakota) is a former licensed nurse and widely known as an advocate for wellness and women’s issues.   She helped establish the first free health clinic for Native Americans in Compton, California; in 1980 she founded another clinic in San Diego, and began to lobby the state legislature for more support for Native American medical assistance. In 1986 Cecilia  returned to the Pine Ridge Reservation, where she was given the Lakota name of Good Hearted Woman for her services and advocacy for Native American healthcare. She formed the Oglala Lakota Women’s Society, and served as the first female Tribal President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe from 2004-2006.  Cecilia has co-written several healing and wellness curricula including the Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) for SCAP, and has presented at over 50 national conferences in the US and Canada. Cecilia is a member of National Advisory Board of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) and a coordinator of the Native Women’s Society of the Great PlainsShe currently teaches Lakota language at Oglala Lakota College.

Read More:

Interview on AlterNet:

 http://www.alternet.org/story/3431 4/the_power_of_thunder

Q&A With President Fire Thunder, Daily K-OS:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/04/04/1 99374/-Q-amp-A-with-President-Cecilia-Fire-Thunder#

Article on Native Daughter:

http://cojmc.unl.edu/nativedaughters/leaders/cecelia-fire-thunder- strives-to-lead-her-tribe-despite-sharp-criticisms