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H.R. 3467 (116th): Remove the Stain Act

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Should the U.S. still count perpetrators of massacres among recipients of the nation’s highest military medal?


On December 29, 1890, at least 146 Native Americans from the Sioux tribe were killed in a massacre committed by the U.S. Army.

In the nascent state of South Dakota, a group of Sioux advocated rejecting the customs of white people. The Army tried to arrest the tribal chief Sitting Bull and accidentally killed him in the process. With tensions high from the incident, a fight broke out two weeks later between a Sioux man and an Army member in the town of Wounded Knee, spiraling out of control and culminating in a brutal and avoidable massacre of hundreds.

20 Medals of Honor — the nation’s highest military award — were awarded to …

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Denny Heck

Sponsor. Representative for Washington's 10th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 25, 2019
Length: 6 pages
Jun 25, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 25, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


23 Cosponsors (22 Democrats, 1 Republican)



Jun 25, 2019

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H.R. 3467 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3467. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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