2019-11-29 16:56:56 UTC
Elizabeth Warren introduces bill to revoke Medals of Honor awarded for
Wounded Knee Massacre
By Louis Casiano | Fox News
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., introduced a bill Wednesday that would
posthumously revoke 20 Medals of Honor awarded to U.S. soldiers who
slaughtered hundreds of Native Americans -- mostly women and children --
at the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890.
The Remove the Stain Act accompanies a House version introduced earlier
this year by Democrats Paul Cook of California, Denny Heck of Washington
and Deb Haaland of New Mexico.
“The horrifying acts of violence against hundreds of Lakota men, women
and children at Wounded Knee should be condemned, not celebrated with
Medals of Honor,” Warren said in a statement. “The Remove the Stain Act
acknowledges a profoundly shameful event in U.S. history, and that’s why
I’m joining my House colleagues in this effort to advance justice and
take a step toward righting wrongs against Native peoples.”
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.,
gestures as she speaks during a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H. Warren
has introduced a bill that would revoke Medal of Honor for 20 U.S.
soldiers who participated in the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890.(AP
The proposal is co-sponsored by Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron
Wyden of Oregon, Kamala Harris of California and Patrick Leahy and
Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent. Several Native American tribes,
including descendants of the victims, have backed the legislation along
with veterans groups such as VoteVets and Veterans for Peace.
Wounded Knee took place on Dec. 29, 1890 when U.S. troops with the 7th
Calvary began to crack down on a religious movement known as the Ghost
Dance. Lakota leader Chief Big Foot and his people were confined to a
camp in South Dakota and ordered to give up their weapons.
When a weapon accidentally went off, the cavalry troops opened fire and
killed as many as 250 people. Congress apologized for the massacre in
1990 but did not revoke the medals, the military's highest award.
“The Medal of Honor is the highest award our nation can bestow upon its
servicemembers for acts of valor," Heck said. "There was no valor in the
killing of unarmed Lakota men, women, and children at Wounded Knee Creek
in 1890, and the Medals of Honor given for the massacre must be rescinded."
Republican Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota has said he does not support
the effort because “we’re now guessing” about the roles of individual
The Associated Press contributed to this report.