An e-mail campaign has been initiated so as to force the rescindment of the twenty "medals of dis-Honor" awarded for the Massacre at Wounded Knee.
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To: Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs,
Whereas it was stated on February 9, 1995 by Senator Daschle that he was acknowledging "...the armed struggle between the Plains Indians and the U.S. Army that culminated in the death of over 300 Lakota Sioux men, women, and children at Wounded Knee, SD, on December 29, 1890 [at Wounded Knee]."
And, whereas it was stated by Senator Tim Johnson on February 9, 1995 that it was his "...hope that enhancing a national awareness of the Wounded Knee tragedy will promote a greater understanding between Indian and non-Indian cultures and people.
And, whereas it was stated on February 2, 1993 in the Senate of the United States that "...on December 29, 1890, an incident [sic] occurred in which soldiers under Colonel Forsyth's command killed and wounded over 300 members of Chief Big Foot's [sic] band, almost all of whom were unarmed and entitled to protection of their rights to property, person and life under Federal law and that the Senate of the United States" and that the United States Senate ..."hereby expresses its commitment to acknowledge and learn from our history, including the Wounded Knee Massacre, in order to provide a proper foundation for building an ever more humane, enlightened, and just society for the future..."
And, whereas it was stated on October 25, 1990 by the One Hundred First Congress of the United States of America that..."in order to promote racial harmony and cultural understanding, the Governor of the State of South Dakota has declared that 1990 is a Year of Reconciliation between the citizens of the State of South Dakota and the member bands of the Great Sioux Nation..." and that "...it is proper and timely for the Congress of the United States of America to acknowledge...the historic significance of the Massacre at Wounded Knee Creek, [and] to express its deep regret to the Sioux [sic] people..."
And, whereas it was stated in September, 1990 during testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs by Doctor Sally Roesch Wagner that "Clearly in this enlightened time , when the United States government has made compensation to the Japanese for their property which was lost during World War II, when the army is willing to look at it's mistake in Mai Lai and Panama, and when the Soviet Union publicly and with compensation, has acknowledged a massacre it committed in Poland, we can do no less than the justice to the Indians which the commanding general [Miles] demanded eighty years ago.
"During the 100th anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee , I would ask the United States to offer a public apology to the Sioux Nation, and to rescind the medals awarded for the massacre. I would further ask the United States government to make a public apology and to finally award the long overdue compensation [for property destroyed/stolen from the Nation at Wounded Knee] to the Wounded Knee survivors.
"As one of the treaty commissioners who negotiated with the Sioux Indians concluded: 'Our country must forever bear the disgrace and suffer the retribution of its wrong-doing. Our children's children will tell the sad story in hushed tones, and wonder how their fathers dared so to trample on justice and trifle with God.'"
We ask you to consider that the "Medal of Honor, established by Joint Resolution of Congress, July 12, 1862 (amended by Acts of Congress, July 9, 1918 and July 25, 1963), is awarded in the name of Congress to a person who, while a member of the Armed Forces, distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against any enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The deed performed must have been one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. Incontestable proof of the performance of service is required, and each recommendation for award of this decoration is considered on the standard of extraordinary merit."
In light of the above, we, the undersigned, call for the immediate rescindment of the twenty Medals of dis-Honor awarded for actions contributing to the Massacre at Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890. Your immediate attention to this will be appreciated.
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