Tester: Medicine Crow honored as a role model for all of America

(BIG SANDY, Mont.) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after President Obama awarded Dr. Joe Medicine Crow of Lodge Grass, Mont., the Presidential Medal of Freedom:

“Joe’s incredible life is chock-full of historic occasions.  Today is no different.  Montanans will be talking about Joe and the stories of his heroism for generations.  He earned the Medal of Freedom a long time ago as an American warrior, as a teacher, as a lifelong student of history and culture, and as a role model for his tribe.  Today Joe is honored as a role model for all of America.”

Tester, along with U.S. Senator Alan Simpson, R-Wyo. (ret.), nominated Medicine Crow for the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.

Medicine Crow became a Crow war chief after performing four ‘war deeds’ fighting Nazis in World War II.  He earned a Bronze Star and the prestigious French Legion of Honor.  Medicine Crow has earned two honorary doctorates.  He is a celebrated author, historian, lecturer and storyteller.