Four Directions calls for removal of Wounded Knee Massacre Medals of Honor

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - A local Native voting advocacy group believes those involved in the Wounded Knee Massacre back in 1890 here in South Dakota do not deserve a certain military award.

Four Directions sent a letter to the president, vice president, and several other lawmakers asking them to remove the Medals of Honor awarded to 20 men of the 7th Calvary who killed Native Americans at the Wounded Knee Massacre.

Soldiers killed more than 250 people at Wounded Knee, most of them women and children.

The group's co-executive director says the removal request stems from a racial joke President Trump tweeted towards Senator Elizabeth Warren.

"It upsets me because there are truly Native Americans or armed service people that deserve these medals and why should they have medals that have bloodstains of murderers on them? So it's a slap in the face to those people that actually deserve that medal of honor," Four Directions Co-Executive Director OJ Semans said.

Four Directions will head to Washington D.C. next month to talk with members of Congress about rescinding the medals.