Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association
Resolution No. 28-09-27-07 RESOLUTION OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION

REQUEST TO AWARD THIS NATION’S HIGHEST AWARD FOR MILITARY VALOR;THE MEDAL OF HONOR TO THE HONORABLE MSGT. WOODROW WILSON KEEBLE

 

WHEREAS, the Great Plains (formerly Aberdeen Area) Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) is composed of the elected Chairs and Presidents of the 16 Sovereign Indian Tribes and Nations recognized by Treaties with the United States that are within the Great Plains Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs; and

 

WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association was formed to promote the common interests of the Sovereign Tribes and Nations and their members of the Great Plains Region which comprises the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska; and

 

WHEREAS, the United States has obligated itself both through Treaties entered into with the sovereign Tribes and Nations of the Great Plains Region and through its own federal statutes, the Snyder Act of 1921 as amended, the Indian Self-Determination Act of 1976 as amended, and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act of 1976 as amended; and

 

WHEREAS, Indian Tribes are governments that pre-date the United States, and through the Indian Commerce, Treaty and Apportionment Clauses and the 14th Amendment, the United States recognizes the status of Indian Tribes as sovereigns and the status of American Indians as tribal citizens; and

 

WHEREAS, in treaties, the United States pledged to protect Indian Tribes, guaranteed the right of Tribal self-government, and has undertaken a trust responsibility to promote the viability of Indian reservations and lands as permanent homelands for tribes; and

 

WHEREAS, the Warrior Society is an honorable and respectful part of American Indian Life, and

 

WHEREAS, the GPTCA recognizes our many Sons and Daughters who have served and continue to serve with distinction as Warriors in the US Military enlisting and volunteering in highly disproportionate record numbers compared to all others for Military Action, yet only a very few American Indians have been awarded the Medal of Honor, and

 

WHEREAS, the GPTCA respectfully and with the deepest appreciation wishes to acknowledge the valor, personal courage, skill and caring for his Fellow Soldiers portrayed by Msg. Woodrow Wilson Keeble while on the Battlefield, serving in two Wars: WW II and Korea, and

 

WHEREAS, numerous sworn statements and affidavits have been gathered from his fellow soldiers to indicate the many heroic efforts by MSgt. Keeble such as the time, MSgt. Keeble as Leader of George Company’s 1st Platoon found the 2nd Platoon pinned down by overwhelming enemy fire on a precipitous slope by a massive volume of machine-gun fire from three will-fortified and carefully placed enemy positions, MSgt. Keeble, leaving the relative safety of his own Platoon, crawled forward under heavy enemy fire and with complete disregard for his own safety (he was wounded five times on this day) he crawled alone up the exposed mountainside and single-handedly knocked out the three three-man pill boxes, and then proceeded to take on additional entrenched riflemen, taking out seven additional enemy soldiers, and

 

WHEREAS, at the request of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Council and of MSgt. Keeble’s surviving Widow, Dr Blossom Keeble, a comprehensive factual and legal analysis was submitted to the Secretary of the Army by letter dated June 21, 2002, and

 

WHEREAS, Senator Daschle, Senator Thune, and Senator Johnson from South Dakota have recommended the Army conduct a review process and award the Medal of Honor to MSgt. Keeble, which was completed in 2007 and signed by the Secretary of Defense and is awaiting signature by the President of the United States, and

 

 WHEREAS, a total of 3,459 Medals of Honor have been awarded since 1862 out of which only 131 were awarded in the Korean War with a total of 426 awarded for service in the so-called Indian Wars, and 28 awarded for action “on the ground”  in South Dakota, and none have been awarded to American Indians from South Dakota, and

 

WHEREAS, MSgt. Woodrow Wilson Keeble is highly deserving and has been recommended for the Medal of Honor for extraordinary bravery and heroism near Kumsong, North Korea, on or about October 20, 1951 but the documents were on two occasions misplaced or otherwise lost, and

 

WHEREAS, that the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the lake Traverse Reservation  has for many years sought to correct this injustice and as a long time member of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association has brought this injustice to the attention of all the Tribal Nations in the Great Plains, and

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association hereby requests the President of the United States  immediately remedy and correct this injustice to the honorable and heroic service of Msg. Woodrow Wilson Keeble and his Family, and

 

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association calls upon the President of the United States to immediately approve the recommendation of the Secretary of Defense to award the Medal of Honor, posthumously Master Sergeant Woodrow Keeble, and

 

FINALLY BE IT RESOLVED, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association herein expresses its full and continued support that this request be honored by the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense for an upgrade from the Distinguished Service Cross to the Medal of Honor for MSgt. Woodrow Wilson Keeble; a Native American and a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the lake Traverse Reservation.

 

Resolution No. 28-09-27-07

 

CERTIFICATION

 

This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association held at Watertown, SD on Sept. 27, 2007 at which a quorum was present, with   _13_members voting in favor,  _0_ members opposed,_0_ members abstaining, and  _3_¬ members not present.

 

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