100 Years Later: Fort Sill Apache Still Fighting to Return to Homelands
To commemorate this milestone, the tribe is hosting events on March 7 and 8 at its hotel in Lawton, Oklahoma, at Fort Sill, and at its tribal headquarters in Apache, Oklahoma. Events include a sunrise blessing, a 5k race, traditional Apache dances, family and educational activities and more. For more information about the events visit FortSillApache-nsn.gov.
The Fort Sill Apache Tribe is the successor to the Chiricahua - Warm Springs Apache Tribe. In 1886, its people were taken as prisoners of war by the U.S. Army and removed from their homelands of southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona to Florida, Alabama and Oklahoma, where they were released.
It was organized as the Fort Sill Apache Tribe after a Federal Court affirmed its claim for the loss of over 14.8 million acres of their homeland. The Tribe has always maintained both its independence as Chiricahua – Warm Springs Apaches and its desire to return to its rightful home. After receiving an invitation from the Governor of New Mexico in 1995 and again in 2000 to return to New Mexico, the Tribe purchased property at Akela, New Mexico in 1998 and was granted a Reservation in November 2011.
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