Members of the 7th Calvary were given Medals of Honor for their participation in the Wounded Knee Massacre. Four Directions want those medals stripped.
Published February 16, 2019
MISSION, S.D. — Four Directions, a South Dakota-based voting advocacy group, wants the federal government to strip the Medals of Honor from 20 members of 7th Calvary who murdered innocent American Indians at the Wounded Knee Massacre on December 29, 1890.
Earlier this month, Four Directions sent a letter to several federal officials, including President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, to ask that the Medals of Honor be removed. The letter came after Trump alluded to Wounded Knee in a tweet on January 13, 2019 intended to one more time mock Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Four Direction’s letter says in part:
“Last month, the President of the United States mentioned the Wounded Knee Massacre in a comment directed at a political opponent. This letter is not to explain the wrong done in invoking this horror. My United States Senators have already deemed the statement ‘inappropriate.’
Instead, I write to call on you to right a much graver wrong. I formally request the removal of the Medals of Honor awarded to 20 soldiers of the 7th Cavalry Regiment for their participation in the ‘Wounded Knee Massacre.'”
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The letter continues in its conclusion:
“…remove the medals from the 20 soldiers of the 7th Cavalry Regiment. Take back honor wrongly bestowed. Restore honor to the Medal of Honor itself, to the brave soldiers who have earned that Medal in real wars, against real enemies. Restore some measure of justice to my people who suffered and died at the hands of those dishonorable murderers.
Remove the 20 Medals of Honor issued to the perpetrators of the Wounded Knee Massacre and lead our great nation into a real conversation about doing right for the Americans who have been here since time immemorial.”
Read all the Letter: Mr. President, Remove Those Medals of Honor