South Dakota Senate urges inquiry into Wounded Knee Medals of Honor
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Senate unanimously supports a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to launch an investigation into Medals of Honor given to soldiers who participated in the Wounded Knee Massacre.
Congress has the authority to rescind the medals.
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers, advocating both for Native American tribes and military veterans, say their action would give momentum to a years-long effort to rescind Medals of Honor.
20 soldiers of the 7th Cavalry Regiment were given the medals for their participation in the December 29, 1890, massacre on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
The massacre left some 150 Native Americans dead, many of them were women and children.