South Dakota Senate urges inquiry into Wounded Knee Medals of Honor

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February 23, 2021

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – 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.

Twenty 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 near Wounded Knee Creek.