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Sat Nov 1, 2014, 03:48 PM

Last of the Crow war chiefs turns 101 in Montana

Last of the Crow war chiefs turns 101 in Montana

Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow was trained in the old warrior traditions, which he took with him into WWII

October 27, 2014 5:00AM ET
by Mary Hudetz - @marymhudetz



CROW AGENCY, Mont. — The last Crow war chief entered the log-cabin trading post at the edge of the Little Bighorn Battlefield just after noon on a Sunday, supported by his son on his left and a cane held firmly in his right hand.

Often, at tribal events such as powwows, he’ll swing his cane overhead in celebration. But on this October afternoon, with wind sweeping across the stretch of southern Montana that’s home to the Crows, the cane simply supported the centenarian — Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow in English or High Bird, his traditional name, in Crow.

“I was fortunate when I was growing up,” he said, after a lunch of stew, frybread and pie at the trading post’s cafe. “The Crow Indians were still retaining the culture, and they felt it was their duty to teach me to carry on the tribal heritage.”

In turn, he’s made it his duty to document and share it.

On Monday, Medicine Crow — tribal historian, storyteller, decorated World War II veteran, first in his tribe to attain a master’s degree, last to achieve the status of traditional Crow war chief and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom — turns 101. As he described in a recent letter to a longtime friend and colleague, “On Oct. 27, I will have seen 101 snows.”

And yet he still feels “young and strong.” The eldest in a tribe of more than 10,000 members whose communities are scattered across nearly 3,600 square miles of plains and mountains, he is perhaps as much beloved for his hold on history as he is for his humor.

More:
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/10/27/the-last-of-the-crowwarchiefsturns101inmontana.html

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Sat Nov 1, 2014, 07:49 PM

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Sun Nov 2, 2014, 02:48 AM

2. He looks great for a person 30 years younger!

Love the headdress!

Thanks for posting.

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