(SD)-Rounds Opposes Revoking Wounded Knee Medals Of Honor
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota U-S Senator Mike Rounds says he does not support revoking the Medals of Honor given to the U-S soldiers who participated in the Wounded Knee massacre nearly 130 years ago.
Medals of Honor were given to 20 soldiers in the 7th Cavalry, the regiment that lost some 400 members, including its commander Colonel George Armstrong Custer, 14 years earlier at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
Rounds said Thursday he believes that what happened at Wounded Knee was a massacre, not a battle, but at this point in history "we're now guessing" about what individual soldiers did - adding that he talked with living Medal of Honor recipients while making his decision.
Native American groups have called for years for the Medals of Honor to be rescinded and the movement appears to be gaining strength.
An unknown number of Native Americans generally estimated at 250-to-350, mostly women and children, died in the Dec. 29, 1890 massacre on the Pine Ridge Reservation near Wounded Knee Creek.
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