Joseph Medicine Crow, Tribal War Chief and Historian, Dies at 102
2016-04-04 20:47:24 GMT
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"Mr. Medicine Crow was the last living person to have heard direct oral testimony from people who were present before the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. His step-grandfather, White Man Runs Him, was among six Crow scouts for George Armstrong Custer."
"In 2009, President Obama presented Mr. Medicine Crow with the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, citing his contributions as a World War II service member and the author of seminal works on Native American history. In one wartime incident he stole 50 Nazi SS horses from a German camp, the White House said."
"Last year, Mr. Medicine Crow attended the groundbreaking for a middle school that was being named in his honor in Billings. He wore an Indian headdress, sunglasses and three medals around his neck. ”Billings is, like me, getting older,” he said, according to The Billings Gazette. “But also, like me, better.”"
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