100 Years Later, Geronimo May Return To NM

Posted by admin on Feb 17, 2009

The 100th anniversary of the death of legendary Chiricahua Apache leader and warrior Geronimo will be marked with an attempt to “bring him home.”

Carlos Melendrez of Las Cruces said efforts to “repatriate” Geronimo’s remains from Fort Sill, Okla., to a site in the Gila Wilderness will be announced today.

In a May 1, 2007, interview with the Las Cruces Sun-News, Harlyn Geronimo of Mescalero identified himself as the great-grandson of Geronimo and said he wants to see the return of Geronimo’s remains from his “burial in captivity” in Fort Sill, Okla., and to “complete a cycle” by establishing a final resting place in his New Mexico homeland.

After decades of eluding capture, Geronimo surrendered to Gen. Nelson Miles on Sept. 4, 1886, officially becoming “the last American Indian force formally to capitulate to the United States,” according to a history provided by Melendrez and Geronimo’s family members.


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