Chief Naiche - Notable Native Americans
Chief Naiche was the final hereditary chief of the Chukunende (Chiricahua) band of Apache. His father was Cochise-also a Chief-, a formidable enemy to both Mexican and American intruders onto his people's lands. In 1880, Naiche traveled to Mexico with Geronimo's band, to avoid forced relocation to the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona. They surrendered in 1883 but escaped the reservation in 1885, back into Mexico. They both officially surrendered to General Nelson Miles in 1886. Their band is one of the last free groups of Native Americans to evade reservations. Naiche was a prisoner of war until 1913 . He was an accomplished painter and artist, and lived out his remaining years on the Mescalero Reservation in New Mexico.