Support ‘Wounded Knee Medals of Dishonor’ Petition

By Ben Carnes

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In June of 2008, Wanbli Tate initiated an online petition entitled “Wounded knee Medals of Dishonor.” By May 3rd, the day of the incident where three Blackhawk helicopters attempted to land at the Wounded Knee Memorial site, but were prevented by Lakota women, children and men. They had not been notified earlier that they were coming and felt that landing at the site by the military was an insult and desecration of their ancestors grave site. The people who defended Wounded Knee said they would have welcome the military coming to hear their story, but don’t bring their weapons of war to their sacred grounds.

This incident prompted Theresa Two Bulls, the Pine Ridge President to call a press conference on Monday morning to offer her apologies. Leonard Little Finger commended the people who kept the helicopters from landing. Two Bulls said she would be contacting the other reservations to have talks on what they can do in the future to have better communication and understanding in how to deal with this. Later that day, the Pine Ridge Tribal Council passed a resolution, that stated in part:

Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Oglala Sioux Tribe will take every action to see that the United States Reclaims the Twenty Medals of Honor from the 7th Calvary for their role in the Massacre at Wounded Knee, to remove any recognition the US Military bestows to its entities for the Massacre at Wounded Knee, and to obtain the return of personal items taken from Lakota people at the 1890 Massacre.

Therefore Be It Further Resolved, that the Oglala Sioux Tribe, its members, any entity, organization, or resident on the Pine Ridge Reservation will not allow the United States Military from this time forward to come anywhere near the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre Mass Grave in order to demonstrate Honor and Respect for the Lakota people buried there, and to ensure a peaceful, nonviolent, weapon-free zone for the Mass Gravesite area.

The petition started by Wanbli began to gather momentum and signatures have been added daily since this incident. He would like to have 10,000 signatures so that he can approach the Senate Armed Forces to rescind the medals of honor awarded to “Twenty-three soldiers from the Seventh Calvary were later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for the slaughter of defenseless Indians at Wounded Knee.”

The petition goes on to say, “We are asking that these Medals of DIS Honor awarded to the members of the 7th Calvary of the United States Army for the murder of innocent women children and men on that terrible December morning be rescinded. And that the Battle Pennant on the Flag of the United States Army be removed and destroyed.”

The purpose of the visit according to Two Bulls from her communications with the military was that they wanted to learn from the lessons of the past. The military source said it was a breakdown in leadership that caused the massacre. In a recent Denver post article on the May 3rd incident, Capt. Michael Odgers, a spokesman for the Colorado Army National Guard, said, “While the Battle of Wounded Knee is a dark chapter in the history of the Army, without learning from the mistakes of our past we are doomed to repeat them.”

To learn more about this petition, or sign it, go to:


Posted on May 6, 2010, in Anti-War & Anti-Imperialism, Indigenous Struggles, Radical History and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Lorraine Cameron

    The Indian’s were slaughtered that Black day in December….No one should have received a Medal …The Military has said it was a breakdown in Leadership that caused the massacre….Why would they hand out Medal’s ..
    It seem’s to me that all they will ever really do is try to hide from the Nation’s the extent of their action’s..
    Why should the army want to land at such a sacred site in the first Place…That was never going to happen….
    No One will ever forget ….what happened it was Murder….

  2. The Whites have stolen & killed so much in past times & today! There Not getting This Land! ;( !!!! The Native Red Nation have This land ! The Goverment of This world has only cauesed a Holocaust ToThe Red Nations & Also to Jewsih People,Black People & All Animals! This is my views!!

  3. For each day this medals and this banner stays, it shows the whole world the shame in how you raped the land and massacred the people on it and still stand for it. Do what is right and remove this medals and the banner! There is no honour in this.

  4. You should not give them the medals they’ve done wrong, Wounded Knee

  5. This sickens me, what they should do is award the medals to the surviving family members of the warriors who wiped out Custer at the Greasy Grass and ridding Native America of a woman and children killer, Pilamaya Corey Flood

  6. They should not have any medals for this!!!!
    murdered all this people…..NEVER FORGETT WOUNDED KNEE…

  7. If you look at the atrocities committed by the Spaniards especially after Christopher Columbus landed, the mass murders committed by them, the pictures or the drawings of what took place are very eerily similar.. masses of Native peoples hung on hanging posts with the difference being that they burned them alive instead of hanging them from their necks..Genocide by Europeans..Guilty

  8. Jason Phillip Pinto

    I am all for it. I love our country but damn, y’all up to some shady stuff!

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