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Three house members calling for Congress posthumously awarded medals of honor to repeal awarded to 20 U.S. soldiers involved in the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre, which killed an estimated 250 indigenous people, especially women and children.
Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., and Democrats Denny heck of Washington, and Deb Haaland of New Mexico led to the Remove the stain bill Tuesday, strip the soldiers of America’s highest military award.
“It bothers me, as a professional military person and as a historian … with not only the massacre and the slaughter and with everything that’s happened, to perpetuate a group of people, but basically, a lie, which is associated with the highest award we have for bravery,” said Cook, a highly decorated Marine veteran of the Vietnam war, according to the Washington Times.
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Rep., Deb Haaland, D-N. M., cries while speaking as a REP. Denny Heck, D-Wash., Rep. and Paul Cook, R-Calif., you hear this during a press conference on Tuesday, 25. June 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Advocates for the Native Americans called to cancel for the Congress, the medals of honor to the US soldiers at the massacre of Wounded Knee. (AP Photo/Kali Robinson)
Medals of honor were 20 soldiers of the 7. US Calvary Regiment for their actions in the Dec. 29, 1890 massacre in South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near Wounded Knee Creek. The U.S. government sought to Annex the Great Sioux reservation, a fraction of the 1868 Treaty of Laramie, which stated the tribe would be the territory in the Black Hills, in what was then the Dakota.
Haaland, a Native American, said the trauma of Wounded Knee, runs deep among the descendants of the victims.
“I know that there are so many things that are long overdue for native people in this country,” she said at a press conference to introduce the bill, flanked by chef -, rear -, and Native American activists.
She said the legislation is “a marker, and shows that our country communities finally on the way to the recognition of the atrocities against our indigenous, the paper reported.
More than 30 soldiers were killed at Wounded Knee, in addition to the hundreds of native Americans killed.
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O. J. Semans, co-founder of Four directions, a Native American voting rights organization that pushed for the legislation after President Trump, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass mocked., for your native American ancestry claims.
“You did not award all the medals, and said in My Lai,” Bret Healy, Four directions consultant and strategist, 1968 the My Lai massacre, in which hundreds of unarmed villagers, soldiers of the US were killed in the army in Vietnam.
Wounded knee anniversary in the year 1990, the Congress reflected apologized for the massacre but the medals call. In 1996, GOP sen. John McCain, then Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, said that the massacre does not justify taking the medals.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.