Medicine Crow, Joseph, 1913-

Alternative names
Birth 1913-10-27
Siouan languages, English

Biographical notes:

Author, educator, official tribal historian, tribal member. Born Oct. 27, 1913. The first Crow male to earn a Bachelor's degree (B.S. 1938 in Sociology and Psychology, Linfield College) and a Master's degree (1939, Anthropology, Univ. of Southern California). Served in WWII, 1943-1946, where he achieved the four traditional military deeds that had been necessary to attain chieftaincy in the buffalo days. Post-war, he worked for a few years for the Crow Tribe and several years for the Realty Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs until his retirement in 1982. Served as a board member or officer of the Crow Central Education Commission and Little Big Horn College. Has worked with the Museum of the Plains Indian, is a member of the Crow Historical and Cultural Commission, founding member of the Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association. Has done much archaeological work, published several historical writings and has taught or has lectured in high schools, colleges and civic organizations.

From the description of Papers, 1825-1987. (Little Big Horn College Library). WorldCat record id: 42065854


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