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To: The South Dakota State House, The South Dakota State Senate, Governor Kristi Noem, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Donald Trump
REMOVE THE STAIN ACT : Rescind Medals of Honor for Wounded Knee Massacre
Join Lakota Elder, Basil Brave Heart on this Petition to "Rescind the Medals of Honor awarded to soldiers involved in the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre." ~ Pilamaya (Thank you)
Why is this important?
Rescind the Medals of Honor
Capitol Hill has introduced legislation that seeks to rescind 20 Medals of Honor awarded for the Wounded Knee massacre.
If passed, the "Remove the Stain Act" would remove the names of the 20 cavalrymen who are currently on the Medal of Honor Roll. It wouldn't require any surviving medals to be returned, nor the denial of any benefits. All 20 men who received the medal are dead.
The effort began when Rep. Denny Heck of Washington went to his staff with an idea for a bill. Native American groups have been calling for the medals to be rescinded for years.
"The congressman had been reading about the massacre and was bothered by the fact that the 20 Medals of Honor had not been rescinded," his spokesperson Bobby Mattina told CNN. "He sees this bill as helping Native American communities with healing, but also protecting the prestige of the Medal of Honor and removing the stain of the massacre from its legacy."
One of his cosponsors is Rep. Deb Haaland, who earlier this year became one of the first Native American women to ever serve in Congress.
"This bill is particularly significant because it's a marker," she said in a speech announcing the bill's introduction. "It shows that our country is finally on its way to acknowledging and recognizing the atrocities committed against our Native communities."