Apache are North American Indians of the Southwestern U.S. Their name comes from a
Zuni word meaning “enemy.” The Apache are
divided into the Eastern Apache who were
mainly hunter gatherers and the Western
Apache who were mainly farmers. The Apache
people include six traditional Apachean
speaking groups called the Chiricahua,
Jicarilla, Lipans, Mescalero, Plains Apache,
and Western Apache.
The Apache Land that was home to the
tribe, is indicated on the Southwest Indian Land
Map, which was occupied
by the Apache before the arrival of the
The Apache had never
experienced the way of the Europeans
especially in relation to the subject of
ownership of Apache land became the source
of the bitter conflicts between the white
European settlers, the U.S. and the Native
Southwest Indians and
The Apache Native Americans lived in harmony with
the land which was emphasized by the their
culture, religion and beliefs. The idea of
an individual person having exclusive use of
a particular piece of land was completely
alien to Native Americans.
Apache Land - Ownership?
The Apache fought, as communities,
with other tribes over hunting rights to their
territory. But the "right" to the land was
very different from the legal terms
understood by the white settlers relating to individual ownership. The
Apache Indians had no concept of "private
property," as applied to the land, but
were soon to experience this European idea,
through the constant encroachment on the
tribal territories and Apache
Apache Land - Wars and Conflicts
From the late 1500s to the 1800s the Apache
fought to stake out their territory and
protect it from the Spanish settlers in
northern Mexico and New Mexico.
The American Indian Wars is the name used in
the United States to describe a series of
wars, battles and conflicts between American
settlers or the U.S. army, and the Native
American Indians before and after the
American Revolutionary War. The Apache
attacked the early settlers who crossed
their territory and lands. In 1861
began the Apache wars. Many Apache
surrendered between 1871 and 1873, and were
moved to the San Carlos reservation in
Arizona. A large number of Apache were led
by the Apache leaders
in continuous raids against the European
Apache Land - Moved to the Reservation
The Apache conflicts continued until 1886
when the few remaining warriors surrendered.
The members of Geronimo's Chiricahua Apaches
were taken to Florida and then Alabama,
where they were held prisoner. Their
imprisonment lasted for twenty-seven years
during which time many died of tuberculosis.
In 1913 the remaining Chiricahua Apache were
allowed to move to Oklahoma or New Mexico.
Apache Land - Dawes General
The Dawes General Allotment Act was passed
by Congress in 1887 which led to the break
up of the large Indian Reservations and the
sale of Indian lands, including Apache
lands to white settlers.
Apache Land - Tribal Map
The Tribe location map provides a general
overview of the tribal territories and land
various tribes of Native Indians.
The Tribe Location Map provides a bird's
eye view of the most famous Native American
Indian groups and their
proximately to other Native American
their tribal territories.
Apache Native Indians, together with
the other Native American tribes, were removed from their land
and sent to inhospitable reservations.
They waited until
1969 when all Indians were declared citizens
of the U.S.
Apache Land - Tribe Location Map
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