Fort Apache Earns Historic Designation

The Theodore Roosevelt School at Fort Apache has been designated a National Historic Landmark for its role in the “highly complex and dynamic interactions” between the federal government and the tribes they were trying to assimilate and control.

The announcement Tuesday by the Department of the Interior ends a 13-year push by the White Mountain Apache tribe to have a site that lets them tell their side of history.

“The popular veneer of history of the West – that very thin layer of history that is perpetuated by Hollywood and the popular media – that’s not very satisfying to the native people of America,” said John Welch, one of the people who nominated the site.

“Fort Apache provides an opportunity for the tribe to tell that side of their story,” said Welch, board secretary of the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation.

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