Joe Medicine Crow – The Last Crow War Chief

first published on April 4, 2016 by

Joe Medicine Crow, the last true Crow War Chief, died at 102 years of age. His story will make him an immortal for all time.

Joe Medicine Crow was born in 1913 on a reservation near Lodge Grass, Montana. He was raised in a tough warrior culture from a young age, but that did not stop him from becoming the first member of his tribe to graduate an institute of higher learning. While attending college to attain his PHD, WWII broke out, and he enlisted to become a scout in the 103rd Infantry.

In order to become a War Chief of the Crow Indians, an individual must accomplish four tasks in combat. He must lead a victorious war party, take an enemies weapon from him, touch an enemy without killing him, and steal an enemies horse. Joe Medicine Crow was the last true Crow War Chief, and he accomplished all four of these heroic tasks during the second World War.

Unfortunately on Sunday, April 3, 2016, the world lost Joe Medicine Crow. He died at 102 years of age in a Hospice center near his hometown. He was the last Crow War Chief, but he will remain immortal because of his legacy.