High court: State must recognize Fort Sill Apaches

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Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014 11:32 am | Updated: 7:31 pm, Wed May 21, 2014.

The New Mexico Supreme Court ordered the state on Monday to recognize the Fort Sill Apache tribe, which had been forced from its ancestral home in the state in 1886.

The high court issued its unanimous ruling with just 15 minutes of deliberation after hearing arguments from lawyers representing the tribe and Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration.

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  • El Moore posted at 11:24 pm on Sat, Apr 19, 2014.

    El Lah Mor Posts: 22

    A personal message to the New Mexico supreme court and the Apache people from the spirit of Geronimo...
    "Thank you New Mexico Supreme Court for the freeing of my people in their tribal homeland of New Mexico... To many people it may be about this or that thing... However deep inside all of it, to the Apache, it is the reinstitution of the natural respect, that Usen, that God intended for all peoples... My people can now walk with respect in your great state of New Mexico... And to my people... Live your life like the New Mexico Supreme Court... Giving freedom and respect to all peoples.... As Usen, as God has given all people freedom and respect...
    I was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes. I was living peaceably when people began to speak bad of me. Now I(we)can eat well, sleep well and be glad. I(we) can go everywhere with a good feeling in New Mexico."

  • Staci Benni posted at 9:08 pm on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 245

    The Ft Sill Apaches are double dippers whose ancestors chose to remain in OK and take individual allotments of land there. Now they come back to NM and want to pretend that they have missed this place? Oh please!
    The state should have gotten a historian who could speak to the matter. The Ft Sill Apaches were part of the Chricahua people who mostly lived in SE AZ, SE NM and Mexico. Yes, the Hot Springs Apaches were forced by the US Army's military actions to move more into SE NM. However, in 1913 after Geronimo has died, the Mecaslero people at Ft Sill were given three choices: take an allotment of land in OK, go to a res in AZ or go live with their cousins, the Mescaleros in NM. Two thirds chose to go to Mescalero. The rest chose to stay in AZ. In addition, in 1946 the Indican Claims Commission was established to deal with land claims by Native American groups. The Mescalero Apaches were given some type of award through this process. Did the Ft Sill pursue this process and were denied tribal status? Did their claims become subsumed in those of the larger tribe. I bet no one explored these aspects when presenting the state’s position.

  • henry Griswold posted at 11:18 am on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    henry griswold Posts: 251

    their 'homeland' was all over the place, so a purchased 30acs off the interstate is a wise move!!!!!!!!!

  • Mel Hayes posted at 4:48 pm on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    Hobson Posts: 117


  • Thomas Crow posted at 4:01 pm on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    TOM TOM Posts: 5

    It was The Apache Homeland BEFORE the Interstate was built.....

  • Sandy Lynch posted at 3:48 pm on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    sandy505 Posts: 16

    What the heck does " vanquished from" mean?

  • Steve Salazar posted at 12:08 pm on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1595

    Now they can build a casino next to their homeland, which just happens to be next to an Interstate highway.


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