Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Rescind Wounded Knee Medals of Honor

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A group of bipartisan lawmakers have introduced a bill that aims to rescind the Medals of Honor awarded to 20 soldiers for their actions at the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre.

Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Denny Heck (D-Wash.), and Paul Cook (R-Calif.) introduced the Remove the Stain Act. The bill proposes to formally rescind the Medals of Honor awarded after the massacre at Wounded Knee of an estimated 250 Native Americans, including women and children, by the 7th Cavalry troops on December 29, 1890.

“I believe the introduction of this bill today shows the continued work and strength of the Native American people who have fought for over a century for the United States to acknowledge the genocide of our people that has taken place on this soil,” Haaland, who became one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, said during a news conference on June 25….

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