BILLINGS, Mont. – The Latest on the funeral of the last Crow war chief (all times Mountain):
More than 500 people have turned out for the funeral of the last surviving war chief of Montana's Crow Indian Tribe.
Services for Joe Medicine Crow were held Wednesday at the one building on the Crow reservation large enough to hold the massive crowd.
They listened as Gov. Steve Bullock and tribal chairman Darren Old Coyote eulogized the man whose Crow name was "High Bird."
The flag-draped, closed coffin was flanked by Medicine Crow's World War II uniform and a photo of him wearing a feathered headdress. He died Sunday at the age of 102.
Old Coyote says Medicine Crow was a great man in both the worlds of mainstream society and Crow culture. The tribal chairman says trying to tell his story in one day doesn't do him justice.
Funeral services are planned Wednesday on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation for the tribe's the last surviving war chief, Joe Medicine Crow.
Medicine Crow died Sunday at the age of 102. He will be buried at the Apsaalooke Veterans Cemetery.
A renowned Native American historian, Medicine Crow spent decades methodically cataloging his tribe's culture and history.
His Crow name was "High Bird." Medicine Crow attained the title of war chief for a series of deeds performed during combat in World War II, and later said that warfare was not about killing but honor, leadership and intelligence.
He grew up in a rural area near Lodge Grass, Montana hearing stories as a child from direct participants in the Battle of Little Bighorn. They included his grandfather, White Man Runs Him, a scout for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.
Obama released a statement after Medicine Crow's death calling him a "bacheitche" __ a Crow word for "good man."