The Latest: Obama notes passing of historian, Crow war chief

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Posted: Apr 04, 2016 5:57 PM
The Latest: Obama notes passing of historian, Crow war chief

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the death of Joseph Medicine Crow, a noted Native American historian and the last surviving war chief of his tribe (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

President Barack Obama says a World War II veteran and historian for the Crow tribe "helped shape a fuller history of America" by sharing the stories and culture of his tribe.

Obama released a statement Monday following the death of Joseph Medicine Crow, the last surviving war chief of the Crow Tribe in Montana and the first in the tribe to attain a master's degree.

Medicine Crow died Sunday at a Billings hospice. He was 102.

In 2009, Obama honored Medicine Crow with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, calling him a "bachitche," which translates to a "good man" in Crow.

Medicine Crow served as Crow tribal historian for decades, cataloging his people's culture and history.

Services are planned for Wednesday in Crow Agency. Bullis Mortuary funeral home says Medicine Crow will be buried at the Apsaalooke Veterans Cemetery.