Flags will fly at half-staff today in Montana in honor of the memory of Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow, who passed away on April 3. He was 102 years old.
Dr. Medicine Crow was a WWII veteran and the last Crow War Chief. In 2009, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest civilian award in the United States.
In the 1930's, Medicine Crow became the first member of the Crow Tribe to obtain a master's degree.
One of the two new middle schools in School District Two is named after Medicine Crow and is expected to be finished sometime around mid-summer.
In Gov. Bullock's flag proclamation he states, “I join all Montanans in paying respect and celebrating the rich life of Joseph Medicine Crow. 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.”
Dr. Medicine Crow's funeral is Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the multi-purpose building on Crow Agency.