Wearing her eagle feather plume, Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) speaks with 99-year-old Lakota veteran Marcella LeBeau following the #RemoveTheStain press conference in Washington, D.C., on June 25, 2019. Photo by Indianz.Com (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

RECAP: Remove the Stain Act introduced to rescind Wounded Knee Massacre medals

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "This is just the start," Manny Iron Hawk, a descendant of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, told Indianz.Com at the nation's capital on Tuesday.

Iron Hawk, an educator from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, was part of a delegation of Wounded Knee descendants who came to the U.S. Capitol for the introduction of the Remove the Stain Act. The bipartisan bill rescinds the Medals of Honor that were awarded for the slaughter of more than 300 Lakota women, children, men and elders at a peaceful encampment in South Dakota in 1890.

“There has to be healing and that’s why we are here today,” 99-year-old Lakota World War II veteran Marcella LeBeau, also Cheyenne River Sioux, said during the event, which took place on the 143rd anniversary of Battle of the Greasy Grass, also known as Battle of the Little Bighorn, a day of triumph for the Lakota people.

The Remove the Stain Act was introduced by Rep. Denny Heck (D-Washington), who took part in the press conference. He was joined at the event by co-sponsors Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico), whose father was a veteran, and Rep. Paul Cook (R-California), who is a decorated veteran. Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas), whose mother is a veteran, is another co-sponsor.

Here's a recap of the #RemoveTheStain press conference, held in Room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building.

Four Directions, a Native advocacy group, livestreamed the #RemoveTheStain press conference from the nation's capital on Tuesday.

Posted by Four Directions on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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