Dr. Joe Medicine Crow, the last living Plains Indian war chief, died at the age of 102 today.
Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in honor of the Crow War Chief:
“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 stated. “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.”
Daines will be delivering a speech tomorrow on the Senate floor in honor of Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow.
In October, Daines honored Crow War Chief Joseph Medicine Crow with a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record on his 102nd birthday. The recognition is available here. Daines also honored Medicine Crow on the House floor for his 100th birthday.
In 2008, Senator Jon Tester nominated Joe Medicine Crow to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He was honored by President Obama in August of 2009.
Senator Tester released this statement:
“Today, Montana lost a treasure. Joe Medicine Crow was a soldier and a scholar, but above all he was a fierce advocate for Native American families. 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 others.”
Montana Governor Steve Bullock issued this statement:
“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.”