Scrapbook Three…

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Joe Medicine Crow-High Bird stands between Senator Alan K. Simpson and Forrest at the Buffalo BillHistorical Center where the three are board members. Joe is 100 years old and the other two guys are mere kids in their low 80s.

Joe Medicine Crow-High Bird stands between Senator Alan K. Simpson and Forrest at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center where the three are board members. Joe is 100 years old and the other two guys are mere kids in their low 80s.

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Joe, one of Forrest’s heroes, is best known for his writings and lectures about the Battle of the Little Big Horn. He is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In WW II he became the last war chief of the Crow tribe. This is what Wikipedia says about Joe.

”Whenever he went into battle, he wore his war paint beneath his uniform and a sacred eagle feather beneath his helmet. Medicine Crow completed all four tasks required to become a war chief. He touched a living enemy soldier (1) and disarmed an enemy (2) when he turned a corner and found himself face to face with a young German soldier. ‘The collision knocked the German’s weapon to the ground. Mr. Medicine Crow lowered his own weapon and the two fought hand-to-hand. In the end Mr. Crow got the best of the German, grabbing him by the neck and choking him. He was going to kill the German soldier on the spot when the man screamed out “momma”. Mr. Crow let him go.’”

He also led a successful war party (3) and stole an enemy horse (4), making a midnight raid to steal the horses from a battalion of German officers. As he rode off, he sang a traditional Crow honor song.

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26 thoughts on “Scrapbook Three…

  1. So it seems he was recently up north….and you said somewhere that he might recently have checked on it to know it’s there. *interesting*

    He looks great for 100. I think it’s the cowboy hat.

    • How doth the little crocodile
      Improve his shining tail
      And pour the waters of the Nile
      On every golden scale!

      How cheerfully he seems to grin
      How neatly spreads his claws
      And welcomes little fishes in
      With gently smiling jaws!

  2. Sen. Alan K. Simpson…his father was Milward Lee Simpson…Forrest’s grandmother was Arie Beatrice Simpson…is this a mere coincidence or has anyone found a family relationship?

  3. Native American Prayer

    O Great Spirit, Whose voice I hear in the winds
    and whose breath gives life to all the world,
    hear me, I come before you, one of your children.

    I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom.
    Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes
    ever behold the red and purple sunset.
    Make my hands respect the things you have made,
    my ears sharp to hear your voice.
    Make me wise so that I may know
    the things you have taught my people,
    the lesson you have hidden in every leaf and rock.

    I seek strength not to be superior to my brothers,
    but to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself.
    Make me ever ready to come to you
    with clean hands and straight eyes,
    so when life fades as a fading sunset,
    my spirit may come to you without shame.

    ~Chief YellowHawk~

  4. Dal, thank you for sharing this information. I am sad to hear of his passing. If it weren’t for Forrest & TTOTC I would never have known about Chief Joseph Medicine Crow – High Bird. He was a national treasure & one of the treasures of this search. Chief High Bird has other worlds to sing in now.

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