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Joe Medicine Crow, Last War Chief Of Crow Nation, Dies At 102

U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to Crow War Chief Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow High Bird during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House August 12, 2009.  (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to Crow War Chief Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow High Bird during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House August 12, 2009. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Joseph Medicine Crow, a World War II veteran, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and revered elder of the Crow Nation, died Sunday at the age of 102.

Born in a log home near Lodge Grass, Montana, Crow became the first member of the Crow Nation to earn a graduate degree.

He was a Crow War Chief, having completed the required four war deeds while fighting for the 103rd Infantry in Germany during World War II.

Shane Doyle, a Crow Nation member who teaches at Montana State University, joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson for a look at the extraordinary life of Joseph Medicine Crow.

Guest

  • Shane Doyle, a member of the Crow Nationa, who teaches in the Native American Studies program at Montana State University.

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