Billings Gazette: Montana’s leaders speak on death of Joe Medicine Crow

Montana politicians weighed in Sunday as news spread of Joe Medicine Crow’s death.

“Today, Montana lost a treasure,” said U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., in a statement. “Joe Medicine Crow was a soldier and a scholar, but above all he was a fierce advocate for Native American families.

“When you spoke to 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 others.”

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., plans to give a speech on the senate floor Monday to honor Medicine Crow.

“Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow leaves an unmatched legacy as the Crow Tribe’s historian and storyteller, a decorated World War II veteran and the first member of the Crow Tribe to attain a master’s degree,” Daines said in a statement.

“Medicine Crow’s spirit, humility and life achievements leave a lasting imprint on Montana’s history. My deepest condolences are with Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow’s family and all of Crow Nation.”

From Helena, Gov. Steve Bullock offered his thoughts:

“Today, Lisa and I join Montanans to pay respect and celebrate the rich life of Dr. Joe Medicine Crow,” said Governor Bullock. “Joe was a Crow War Chief, veteran, elder, historian, author, and educator. His legacy will forever serve as an inspiration for all Native Americans — and all Montanans.”