Words of an Elder
Apache is the collective name for several culturally related tribes of Native Americans, aboriginal inhabitants of North America, who speak a Southern Athabaskan language. The modern term excludes the related Navajo people.
Apache is a Zuñi language word that means "enemies" and was used by the Zuni to refer to the tribes that called themselves the Diné. It was adopted by Western settlers as the actual name of the Diné, although it was meant as slur by the Zuni. The Apache peoples migrated from the Northern Plains into the Southwest relatively recently. Noted leaders have included Cochise, Mangas Coloradas, and Geronimo.
The Apaches formerly ranged over southeastern Arizona and north-western Mexico. The chief divisions of the Apaches were the Arivaipa, Chiricahua, Coyotero, Faraone Gileno, Llanero, Mescalero, Mimbreno, Mogollon, Naisha, Tchikun and Tchishi. They were a powerful and warlike tribe, constantly at enmity with the whites. The final surrender of the tribe took place in 1886, when the Chiricahuas, the division involved, were deported to Florida and Alabama, where they underwent military imprisonment. The U.S. Army, in their various confrontations, found them to be fierce warriors and skillful strategists. The Apaches are now in reservations in Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma, and number between 5000 and 6000.
Chiricahua territory included what is now southwestern New Mexico, southwestern Arizona, and northern parts of the Mexican States of Sonora and Chihuahua.
When the Chiricahua Apaches were taken as Prisoners of War in 1886, their land totalled approximately 15,000,000 acres. Along with being imprisoned, the United States Government also took the Chiricahua land.
One hundred and two years later, four acres of sacred land were returned to the Chiricahua people through a generous gift from a concerned private citizen. The four acres adjoins the Cochise Stronghold in Cochise County, Arizona.
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