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(CBS News)   Last living person with a direct oral history from a participant of the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876 passes away. Rest in peace, Medicine Crow   (cbsnews.com) divider line
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2020-04-09 9:18:38 PM  
Remember when the Presidential Medal of Freedom meant something?

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2020-04-09 9:57:11 PM  
R.I.P sir.
 
2020-04-09 10:20:22 PM  
Amazing man.
 
2020-04-09 11:38:27 PM  

mainsail: Amazing man.


I completely concur. An amazing man.

FTA:During World War II, Medicine Crow earned the title of war chief after performing a series of daring deeds. According to the Parks service, "in order to become a Chief of the Tribe, certain Crow Military requirements have to be met, consisting of four deeds: Touch or strike the first enemy fallen, whether alive or dead; To wrestle a weapon away from an enemy warrior; To enter an enemy camp at night and steal a horse; To command a war party successfully."

While in Europe, Medicine Crow completed these tasks, including stealing horses from an enemy encampment and hand-to-hand combat with a German soldier whose life Medicine Crow ultimately spared.

"Warfare was our highest art, but Plains Indian warfare was not about killing. It was about intelligence, leadership, and honor," Medicine Crow wrote in his 2006 book "Counting Coup."
 
2020-04-10 1:06:47 AM  
Jack Crabb inconsolable.
 
2020-04-10 3:02:36 AM  
It's a good day to die.
 
2020-04-10 5:17:54 AM  
Joe Medicine Crow died? Again?! Damn you, coronavirus!
 
2020-04-10 5:34:18 AM  
You know he must've passed down good war stories.  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=u-3NIr​XW​92s
 
2020-04-10 5:38:52 AM  
Please Mr. Custer, I don't wanna go
 
2020-04-10 5:42:32 AM  
Godspeed Medicine Crow

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2020-04-10 5:47:59 AM  
Only the good die twice.
 
2020-04-10 5:48:22 AM  
His Crow name was "High Bird," and he recalled listening as a child to stories about the Battle of Little Bighorn from those who were there, including his grandmother's brother, White Man Runs Him, a scout for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.

...little on the nose, there, eh, Crow tribe?
 
2020-04-10 5:55:43 AM  

powhound: Remember when the Presidential Medal of Freedom meant something?

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And the guy handing it out wasn't a total sack of shiat?
 
2020-04-10 6:05:46 AM  
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2020-04-10 6:16:32 AM  

Don Gato: powhound: Remember when the Presidential Medal of Freedom meant something?

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And the guy handing it out wasn't a total sack of shiat?


Trump cracks Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas "jokes" when Native Americans visit the White House. Really.
 
2020-04-10 6:21:03 AM  
TFA was published in 2016??? WTF, subby?
 
2020-04-10 6:21:18 AM  
Wow great story to share about a great person, subby.....thanks!
 
2020-04-10 6:22:29 AM  
RIP
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2020-04-10 6:22:33 AM  

Mithraic_bullshiat: Only the good die twice.


Imagine if this was an '80s Bond flick with Billy Joel doing the theme...
 
2020-04-10 6:22:42 AM  

IlGreven: His Crow name was "High Bird," and he recalled listening as a child to stories about the Battle of Little Bighorn from those who were there, including his grandmother's brother, White Man Runs Him, a scout for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.

...little on the nose, there, eh, Crow tribe?


You know what being called an apple means?

Red on the outside, white in the inside.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I love native humour
 
2020-04-10 6:32:20 AM  

IlGreven: Mithraic_bullshiat: Only the good die twice.

Imagine if this was an '80s Bond flick with Billy Joel doing the theme...


Rather, let's not. I considered that a second, but I was programmed with an aversion to Billy Joel, even though he is the true heir of Tin Pan Alley. As for Bond, how about an Ipcress File redux, instead? Bring back Harry Palmer.

/that's as far as I'll go with that. //I'm far more capable of boredom and miscommunication than this.
 
2020-04-10 6:36:58 AM  
And people whine today when they have to walk to buy groceries.

A hard man, with compassion, and sought to bridge the gap between two people.

Rest in peace Sir.  With luck, your greatest contribution to the world will be to inspire more of your people, and ours, to try to meet in the middle.
 
2020-04-10 6:42:16 AM  

powhound: Remember when the Presidential Medal of Freedom meant something?

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If we ever get rid of Trump, all his actions should be nullified. That won't happen, of course; after all, Americans put up statues honoring traitors to the country.

\because Americans are stupid
 
2020-04-10 6:44:39 AM  

IlGreven: His Crow name was "High Bird," and he recalled listening as a child to stories about the Battle of Little Bighorn from those who were there, including his grandmother's brother, White Man Runs Him, a scout for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.

...little on the nose, there, eh, Crow tribe?


I'm glad I'm not the only one who was all "I wanna know THAT story."
 
2020-04-10 6:44:49 AM  
Uh, that was 4 years ago. Billings named a middle school after him, and has already built another one.
 
2020-04-10 6:57:03 AM  
...I would have given anything to just sat quietly in front of this man and listened.
 
2020-04-10 7:26:16 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: powhound: Remember when the Presidential Medal of Freedom meant something?

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If we ever get rid of Trump, all his actions should be nullified. That won't happen, of course; after all, Americans put up statues honoring traitors to the country.

\because Americans are stupid


Every single day with whatever new thing happens I'm thinking welp, add that to the list of things that needs to be undone. If, not when, but if we actually get the farkstains out of there in January it will take a full 8 years to fix maybe half of this garbage.
 
2020-04-10 7:41:28 AM  
I have a letter from Captain Yates, just before going to Little Bighorn (written at Rosebud), in which he says to his brother-in-law, "Sheeit, I don't think this is a good idea."
 
2020-04-10 7:50:12 AM  

powhound: Remember when the Presidential Medal of Freedom meant something?

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Is that Mumbly Joe Biden?  Looks like Warren to me.....

So...Dustin Hoffman is dead?

DRFA
 
2020-04-10 7:54:37 AM  
Oh yeah. You're all big fans. Right. Name one song besides "Wagon wheel".
Wait...what?
 
2020-04-10 7:56:21 AM  

powhound: Remember when the Presidential Medal of Freedom meant something?

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Is the Native American guy in the back culturally appropriating a cowboy hat?
 
2020-04-10 7:57:51 AM  
This article is four years old. Way to go mods
 
2020-04-10 8:02:10 AM  

Peki: IlGreven: His Crow name was "High Bird," and he recalled listening as a child to stories about the Battle of Little Bighorn from those who were there, including his grandmother's brother, White Man Runs Him, a scout for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.

...little on the nose, there, eh, Crow tribe?

I'm glad I'm not the only one who was all "I wanna know THAT story."


It's a plains native way of saying they're an uncle Tom.  No real story, just classic native humour.

Native culture at its heart is pure light hearted teasing.  This being the more extreme case of actually insulting someone.  Thee name doesn't imply Ill will towards him, just their lack of respect.

Lol
 
2020-04-10 8:03:13 AM  

kbronsito: powhound: Remember when the Presidential Medal of Freedom meant something?

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Is the Native American guy in the back culturally appropriating a cowboy hat?


Just like they appropriated horseback riding.
 
2020-04-10 8:22:05 AM  

links136: kbronsito: powhound: Remember when the Presidential Medal of Freedom meant something?

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Is the Native American guy in the back culturally appropriating a cowboy hat?

Just like they appropriated horseback riding.


and farting
 
2020-04-10 8:28:03 AM  

IlGreven: His Crow name was "High Bird," and he recalled listening as a child to stories about the Battle of Little Bighorn from those who were there, including his grandmother's brother, White Man Runs Him, a scout for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.

...little on the nose, there, eh, Crow tribe?


I'm wondering if that's Crow idiom, if he might not have called his Great-Uncle a variant of Thomas in English
 
2020-04-10 8:28:47 AM  

powhound: Remember when the Presidential Medal of Freedom meant something?

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Because giving awards to singers, actors, sports ball players and crooked politicians is completely necessary.

But let's throw in a few humanitarians, that will make this horsesh*t award mean something!
 
2020-04-10 8:41:47 AM  
An amazing human being.

https://youtu.be/zp6dyF-94kM
 
2020-04-10 8:47:47 AM  
Crazy Talk
Youtube XXQ58P4e7Cc
 
2020-04-10 9:08:45 AM  

links136: IlGreven: His Crow name was "High Bird," and he recalled listening as a child to stories about the Battle of Little Bighorn from those who were there, including his grandmother's brother, White Man Runs Him, a scout for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.

...little on the nose, there, eh, Crow tribe?

You know what being called an apple means?

Red on the outside, white in the inside.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I love native humour


It's not humour.
 
2020-04-10 9:18:31 AM  
What a war chief may look like:

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2020-04-10 9:38:07 AM  
I really doubt he is the last-living recipient of an oral history of the Little Bighorn.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dewey_B​e​ard

Dewey Beard was a veteran of it, and he died in 1955. Boomers would have had oral histories from him.
 
2020-04-10 9:40:25 AM  
I'll put it this way -- I'm in my 30s, and I've heard oral histories of the 1890s from people who lived through it.
 
2020-04-10 9:53:28 AM  
We should respect our elders, whether or not their stories are of interest to us.

/granddad was imprisoned in Italy for being a socialist in the 19oughts
//way to go, granddad
///
 
2020-04-10 10:28:02 AM  

links136: It's a plains native way of saying they're an uncle Tom.  No real story, just classic native humour.


I'm very aware of how embarassing the root to that story ought to be. Which is why I wanna know. ;)

I'm imagining something like the kid caught sneaking around with the white man's daughter and got run off the property.
 
2020-04-10 12:03:15 PM  
Medicine Crow was featured on Badass of the Week, which is really worth a read.
 
2020-04-10 12:14:42 PM  

IlGreven: His Crow name was "High Bird," and he recalled listening as a child to stories about the Battle of Little Bighorn from those who were there, including his grandmother's brother, White Man Runs Him, a scout for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.

...little on the nose, there, eh, Crow tribe?


Some of the native names were not easy to translate over to English, the idioms were difficult. For instance a noted Native American 'Man Afraid of Horses' name actually somehow meant he wasn't afraid of horses.
 
2020-04-10 1:55:20 PM  

Mithraic_bullshiat: You know he must've passed down good war stories.  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=u-3NIrX​W92s


Apparently not, if he's the last one.

"Oral history" is just a fancy term for war stories.
"Last recipient" means he didn't pass it on.
 
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