Kiowa, Comanche, Apache Lands
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This is an Independent site dedicated to the history and genealogy of
the Kiowa, Comanche and Apache Peoples that lived and still live in
the southwestern part of the now state of Oklahoma. I hope you find
the site informative and useful in your genealogical research. If you
have any comments, or know of resources that are available, please email
The Nations History
For decades before the white man arrived on the scene the plains
area of the country now known as the United States belonged to the
roving tribes of Native Americans. This long stretch of prairie provided
food, clothing and shelter to these people. Great herds of buffalo
roamed from Canada south. Many followed these herds, drifting south
with the winters and north in the summers. For this part of Oklahoma,
I will concentrate on the tribes that lived here, the Kiowa, Comanche,
Kiowa-Apache, and for a while, a band of Chiricahua Apache. There
was also a small band of the Lipan Tribe in the northeast corner of
Prior to the passage of the Organic Act of 1890,
an Indian Commission of three men were appointed to work with the
Indians and persuade them to take their lands by allotment. The
surplus would then be opened for settlement. The Indian Commission
worked with the Kiowa, Comanche and Plains Apache tribes at Fort
Sill for several years, and finally the Jerome Agreement was signed.
The Tribes were alloted their homesteads, and the remainder of the
area would be available for settlement by whites. This Agreement
was never ratified.
The lands of the Kiowa - Comanche country were to be decided by
a "land lottery" instead of a race for claims as other openings
had. The people had to register at either El Reno or Lawton. The
homesteaders were then determined by drawing an envelope which contained
a persons name and address. These envelopes were numbered as they
were drawn by the land officials. Each person had the opportunity
to "stake his claim in turn", according to the number on the envelope.
Over 160,000 people registered and obtained their land at El Reno.
The "opening" occured August 1.1901. This was the last large land
opening in the present state of Oklahoma.
The Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Lands became the present counties of Kiowa, Caddo County, Comanche County,
Tillman County, Cotton and the western portions
of Grady, Stephens and Jefferson.
The Great Western Cattle Traill ran through
this reservation from 1880 to 1892, taking millions of Texas Longhorns
to market in Dodge City Kansas.
These links will take you to 6 of the Indian Cemeteries in Kiowa
County. The first one is the Kiowa Tribal Cemetery and the Aunquoe
Cemetery are Kiowa. The other four Cemeteries are Kiowa-Comanche-Apache
Intertribal Cemteries. If any of you have copies and/or locations
of other burial grounds in Kiowa County, and would like to donate
them to this site, it would be greatly appreciated.
In August, 1861. at the outbreak of the War Between The States,
Albert Pike, traveled to Fort Wichita and signed Treaties between
the Confederate States of America and the Plains Tribes. Read
about these treaties between them.
William B. "Bill" Hall Zotigh, born April 24,
1928 in Hobart to Stephen Hall and Inez (Amaunkomo) Zotigh, departed
this life December 3, 1999. Bill was a Korean conflict veteran,
awarded two purple hearts and numerous meritorious medals,member
of the American Legion, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans and
VFW. He was a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and Kiowa
Bill was a great influence and tremendous help to me in building
the Kiowa pages for this site. His guidance helped to present
correct information on the Kiowa. He will be missed.
Thank you for visiting our Reservation
pages. Special Thank you to all who visit. Before
you go, please sign our Guestbook.
This page is for queries regarding the KIOWA,
COMANCHE and APACHE Nations . I do not have the resources to answer
your questions, but hopefully other visitors can help. When you
send a name, capitalize it for easier recognition. Spell it as
close as you can. Put the name in the subject and also the Nation,
such as "Lone Wolf, Kiowa". This will help other searchers for
that Nation find your query. If you are searching for family,
remember to check the Guest Book. Sometimes queries are posted
Please be as accurate as possible when listing Surnames or Indian
Names in ALL CAPS. List dates, if known, location, and any other
data that may help locate your ancestors. Census takers often
"cudn't rite to gud"! Spelling was at the descretion of the writer,
and many persons are listed by their Indian names. They were mostly
written down by how they sounded, because of accent, area, etc.
This is a genealogy project and queries are not to be submitted
merely to establish Tribal benefits. Look ups, when offered, will
be more to advise you on where to look than actually doing your
research for you.
For some good resources on the Comanche and these Nations, if
you are in the area, please visit the Lawton Public Library, Lawton,
OK. Visit the webpage for their Genealogy Dept. There is
a list of recommended books and information on the Comanche Language
The White Buffalo Prophecy The Legend of White
Buffalo Calf Woman
If you have resources, books, records, or
any documentation, and would like to volunteer to do lookups
for researchers, please contact Ethel Taylor
Map The How To Guide to Genealogy.
Southwest Oklahoma Genealogy
Society in Lawton, a Good Connection.
Resource Page, an Excellent Source of Oklahoma Information and
ROOTSWeb - 150,000+ Name
Searchable Database, State Databases, and much more.
National Archives Information
Locator -A lot of Archives on line.
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