San Carlos ó I really enjoy writing Apache Historic Views because history is my passion, especially our history. So many of our people today, both young and old, donít know enough about our historic past. By bringing forth our history with accuracy and sincere truth in this paper, I know I am helping our people in a much better way than talking politics.
The history of our people is more than just the days of Victorio and Geronimo. It is recent history as well, like how did we get the political system (with all its flaws) that we have today. The constitution we have just didnít spring out of nowhere, but it had an historic foundation that started in the 1930s during the Great Depression under the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
This time brought a lot of change, but almost as many problems as well. We will look at this time in depth soon and find out about the architect of this ó Mr. John Collier. Iíll also let you know why the Navajo people despise him so muchóand he was Democrat.
It is knowing all the different issues of our past that will make us understand ourselves and our tribal structure better even down to the way we live and build our homes. For instance, why do we Apaches live together in housing groups instead of in home lots all over the tribal area like other tribes do?
Well, it came from the first formation of the San Carlos reservation. The answer is very plain and simple: the U.S. Army compelled us to live together in large groups in assigned areas so they could observe and watch us with less trouble. Remember, they thought we were dangerous people. So our Apache custom of living in related family units or clusters was changed or altered somewhat. But over the years, our people began to bring some of these social customs back and today we notice families living in groups together in various parts of the tribal area. And we live in a much smaller area than we used to.
There are many more things we can learn from our past and some of them will be surprising to many of us. But as I present history as best and truthfully as I can, we will all learn more about our diversity and the greatness of our Apache peoplesí history.