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Joe Medicine Crow, Last Crow War Chief, Dies at 102

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posted on Apr, 4 2016 @ 12:42 PM
A piece of American history has passed.

Joe Medicine Crow was the grandson of a scout for George Armstrong Custer , he was the recipient of two military decorations, the Bronze Star and the Légion d'honneur and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.
He was the last plains Indian war chief.

"Today, Montana lost a treasure," said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, who nominated Medicine Crow for the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. "Joe Medicine Crow was a soldier and a scholar, but above all was a fierce advocate for Native American families," Tester said in a statement. "When you spoke with Joe Medicine Crow, it was impossible not to be inspired. I know his legacy will motivate generations of Montanans to follow in his footsteps and live a life dedicated to serving other."

Rest in peace Sir , a life well lived.

edit on 4-4-2016 by gortex because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 4 2016 @ 01:10 PM
Niawen Kowa Joe Medicine Crow

posted on Apr, 4 2016 @ 01:49 PM
Those who have gone before, somehow make the hearts of modern men, look puny by comparison.....

posted on Apr, 4 2016 @ 02:14 PM
a reply to: gortex

We have lost a living legend on this earth, a man whose accomplishments will live on forever.

Rest in Peace Chief Joe.

posted on Apr, 4 2016 @ 02:57 PM
White Man Runs Him

He was the stepgrandfather of Joe Medicine Crow, a Crow tribal historian.

White Man Runs Him was a scout for George Armstrong Custer.

Custer prepared to attack, however. Custer was concerned that during the morning of June 25, Sioux/Cheyenne warriors had detected the presence of his 650-man force, and if he did not promptly attack, the villagers would scatter, thus denying the army the confrontation it sought.

The scouts, convinced they were about to die in battle,took off their uniforms and donned Crow war clothing. When Custer demanded to know why, they responded that they wished to die as warriors rather than soldiers. Custer was angered and relieved them from further service about an hour before engaging in the final battle.

posted on Apr, 4 2016 @ 06:21 PM
a reply to: gortex

'They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind...' Native American proverb.

posted on Apr, 5 2016 @ 09:24 AM
a reply to: JimNasium
Found this yesterday before I heard about his death.

posted on Apr, 5 2016 @ 03:01 PM
a reply to: LamontCranston

That was nice, thank You for sharing.


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