Lawmakers seek to revoke Wounded Knee medals for US soldiers

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Some advocates for Native Americans are calling for Congress to revoke the Medals of Honor given to U.S. soldiers who participated in the Wounded Knee Massacre.

They’re being supported by three members of Congress: Republican Paul Cook of California and Democrats Denny Heck of Washington and Deb Haaland of New Mexico. The lawmakers hope to get a measure in the next National Defense Authorization Act that would rescind the medals.

Medals of Honor were given to 20 soldiers from 7th Cavalry Regiment for participating in the December 29, 1890, massacre on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Hundreds of Lakota were killed, most of whom were women and children.

In 1990, Congress apologized to the descendants of those killed at Wounded Knee, but did not revoke the medals.

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