The U.S. House of Representatives considers H.R.3371, the Wounded Knee Massacre Memorial and Sacred Site Act, on September 18, 2023.

The bill requires the Department of the Interior to place about 40 acres in restricted fee status for the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. The two tribes are headquartered in South Dakota.

The land is part of the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre, where more than 300 Lakota women, children, elders and men were murdered by U.S. military soldiers on December 29, 1890. The property is located within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Consideration of H.R.3371 took place under a suspension of the rules, a process typically used for non-controversial bills. However, the measure was not immediately passed by the House — as is usual practice — following a procedural objection raised by a member of the Republican majority. A vote is expected eventually.

The bill otherwise enjoys bipartisan support in the 118th Congress. Testimony took place before the House Subcommittee for Indian and Insular Affairs during a legislative hearing on June 7. H.R.3371 was approved by the House Committee on Natural Resources during a markup on June 13.

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