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Wounded Knee – 126th Anniversary
~ Maureen Brucker
This posting is dedicated, as in the past, to the
memory of Rex Holy Dance, USMC Korean War
veteran who was a descendent of one of the
women who survived the massacre. Mr. Holy
Dance crossed over July 4, 2010 at his home in
Slim Buttes, SD. Rex’s father, also named Rex,
was born of one of the survivors shortly after
he massacre, as per a discussion with Beatrice
Weasel Bear, Rex Holy Dance’s sister.
It is with heavy heart, that this piece is now also dedicated to the memory of my beloved second mother, Beatrice Weasel Bear, nee Long Visitor Holy Dance, Rex’s Sister. Beatrice took the journey on the 18th of March of this year, 2016.
2016 was a very difficult year for our family. Not only did it see the passing of my second mom, but on November 19th, her youngest son, Aloysius John Weasel Bear also took the journey. With his passing, another generation of survivors was toched. May they never be forgotten.
There are those of us who are called to participate in the long and grueling Wounded Knee Memorial Ride. Others are called to physically and or financially support it. Most cannot help but be moved by the story of what happened to those poor displaced families attempting to find refuge on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
If you have the spare change and are moved by the events in the cold so very long ago, I would ask that you make a contribution to the Rez Fund --
http://whispernthunder.org/EREZ_Fund.html But even without a spare dime, if you have not signed the petition before, you could consider signing the petition concerning the Medal of Honor recipients, especially on this 125th anniversary.
In redress of grievances:
Two of the citations of the twenty Medals of Honor awarded at Wounded Knee:
GRESHAM, JOHN C.: Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Wounded Knee Creek, S. Dak., 29 December 1890. Entered service at: Lancaster Courthouse, Va. Birth: Virginia. Date of issue: 26 March 1895. Citation: Voluntarily led a party into a ravine to dislodge Sioux Indians concealed therein. He was wounded during this action. (emphasis added)
SULLIVAN, THOMAS: Rank and organization: Private, Company E, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Wounded Knee Creek, S. Dak., 29 December 1890. Entered service at: Newark, N.J. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 17 December 1891. Citation: Conspicuous bravery in action against Indians concealed in a ravine. (emphasis added)
Rescind The Medals Of dis-Honor
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.
Please lend your support to help:
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.
This item is from the following website. Please follow the link in order to send word to your senators and congress people. Thank you very much for your support.