Hearing For Taking Back Wounded Knee Metals Remains Unscheduled

(WNAX) — A bill has been introduced in the US House of Representatives that would rescind twenty Medals of Honor awarded to soldiers following the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890 in South Dakota. South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson says the Army has conducted reviews of those Medals in the past…

“A review of the medal was conducted. That was decades ago, and I think we have a deeper understanding of the tragedy that happened at Wounded Knee. So, it may be that another review is in order.”

Johnson says rescinding the medals would not change history…

“Another review which may be worthwhile but I’m somewhat skeptical that Congress, to weigh in and take away all of those medals, that would be an aggressive act and I think here’s a better, more nuanced, fact driven way for us to move forward.”

Johnson says Congress already issued a formal apology…

“The United States Congress understands that this was a terrible error. This was a sin of our nation and the United States Congress has issued a formal apology; that doesn’t make the massacre go away, but it’s those kinds of efforts towards reconciliation that I think can help mend hearts and minds and give it the opportunity to move forward.”

The “Remove the Stain Act” is sponsored by Representatives from New Mexico, Washington and California. No committee hearing has been scheduled yet.