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Independent Lens: Young Lakota

On Monday at 9:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV, INDEPENDENT LENS presents “Young Lakota,” which follows three young people living on the Pine Ridge Reservation trying to forge a better future.  When the tribe's first female president, Cecelia Fire Thunder, defies a South Dakota law banning abortion by threatening to build a women's clinic on the reservation, the three young tribe members are drawn into a political firestorm that changes their lives.  Sunny Clifford, who is featured in the film, is now a reproductive rights activist.  She was the winner of the Ms. Foundation Award for her work making sure that women on Native American reservations have access to emergency contraception, a right available to most women nationwide but which is excluded in many Indian Health Services Clinics.  Sunny Clifford and filmmakers Marion Lipshutz and Rose Rosenblatt discussed the documentary.