In traditional Crow culture, warlike endeavors were key to becoming a chief and leader. Four acts of bravery and display were considered prerequisites for leadership; their achievement reflected divine guidance and grace. First, one had to be the first to strike or touch the enemy in battle. There could be only one first striker in a battle, and the race to attain that honor created the fury of the attack on the enemy.
Joseph Medicine Crow was the last member of the Crow tribe to become a war chief
Three Affiliated Tribes Timeline
Timeline of important events to the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold (the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara).