July 31st, 2009
Joe Medicine Crow, a historian and author from the Crow Tribe of Montana, is to be named as one of the recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Medicine Crow, 96, met then-Sen. Barack Obama during a campaign stop on the reservation last May. He will now head to Washington, D.C., for an August 12 ceremony at the White House. “I sang Senator Obama a praise song, and now I know the song worked. Now that Barack Obama is the president of the United States, he is entitled to the victory song that was given to me by my grandfather, White Man Runs Him, who was General Custer’s scout,” Medicine Crow stated.
Medicine Crow was the first Crow to receive a master’s degree. He was working on his doctoral when he was called to serve in World War II.
Crow tribal historian to receive Medal of Freedom (The Billings Gazette 7/31)
Obama to honor Crow historian, vet with Medal of Freedom (AP 7/31)