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8/18/2009 Chief Joseph Medicine Crow '38 receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Chief Joseph Medicine Crow, a 1938 graduate of Linfield College, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama Wednesday, Aug. 12. Medicine Crow, who is the Crow tribal historian, is a writer and scholar and author of "From the Heart of Crow Country: The Crow Indians' Own Stories" and "Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond." He is the last person alive to have received direct oral testimony from a participant in the Battle of the Little Bighorn – his grandfather was a scout for General George Armstrong Custer. He is a World War II veteran and the first member of his tribe to attend college, receiving his bachelor's from Linfield College. He completed his master's in anthropology from the University of Southern California in 1939 and was working on his doctoral dissertation when World War II broke out. In announcing Medicine Crow as one of 16 individuals to receive the Medal of Freedom, the White House said his "contributions to the preservation of the culture and history of the First Americans are matched only by his importance as a role model to young Native Americans across the country."


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