184 pages, 6 x 9
58 photos, 8 maps
Release Date:03 Mar 2016

Dispatches from the Fort Apache Scout

White Mountain and Cibecue Apache History Through 1881

By Lori Davisson, Edgar Perry, and The Original Staff of the White Mountain Apache Cultural Center; Edited by John R. Welch
The University of Arizona Press
In the 1970s, the White Mountain Apache Tribe and the Arizona Historical Society began working together on a series of innovative projects aimed at preserving, perpetuating, and sharing Apache history. Underneath it all was a group of people dedicated to this important goal. Dispatches from the Fort Apache Scout is the latest outcome of that ongoing commitment.

The book showcases and annotates dispatches published between June 1973 and October 1977, in the tribe’s Fort Apache Scout newspaper. This twenty-eight-part series of articles shared Western Apache culture and history through 1881 and the Battle of Cibecue, emphasizing early encounters with Spanish, Mexican, and American outsiders. Along the way, rich descriptions of Ndee ties to the land, subsistance, leadership, and values emerge. The articles were the result of the dogged work of journalist, librarian, and historian Lori Davisson along with Edgar Perry, a charismatic leader of White Mountain Apache culture and history programs, and his staff who prepared these summaries of historical information for the local readership of the Scout.

Davisson helped to pioneer a mutually beneficial partnership with the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Pursuing the same goal, Welch’s edited book of the dispatches stakes out common ground for understanding the earliest relations between the groups contesting Southwest lands, powerfully illustrating how, as elder Cline Griggs, Sr., writes in the prologue, “the past is present.”

Dispatches from the Fort Apache Scout is both a tribute to and continuation of Davisson’s and her colleagues’ work to share the broad outlines and unique details of the early history of Ndee and Ndee lands.
An in-depth regional history and thorough look at Ndee early contacts with Spanish, Mexican, and American outsiders.”—Janet Cantley, Curator at the Phoenix Heard Museum
Lori Davisson and Edgar Perry are regarded as two of the foremost historians of the Western Apaches. These articles, based on primary source material, fill a much-needed void concerning the relationships between the Americans and Western Apaches.”—Edwin R. Sweeney, author of From Cochise to Geronimo: The Chiricahua Apaches, 1874–1886 

“For those of us who were privileged to know her as a friend and colleague, Lori Davisson epitomized a generosity of spirit and selfless devotion to the historian’s craft that transcended cultural barriers. Thanks to this welcome compilation of articles that originally appeared in the White Mountain Apache tribal newspaper, Lori’s valuable history of the Ndee is now available to a broad audience of scholars and general readers.”—Bruce J. Dinges, Arizona Historical Society

"Grounded in some of our old people's memories and what some of the first visitors to our land wrote down, this book is worth reading. It shows how Fort Apache became the gateway through which the non-Indians marched into our lives and changed them forever."—Ronnie Lupe, Chairman, White Mountain Apache Tribe
The only book of its kind.”—Nancy J. Parezo, co-author of Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest and Northern Mexico
 “A book well worth including in your collection.”—Journal of Arizona History

“Turning newspaper accounts into a book is not an easy task, but Welsh has done an excellent job of melding short pieces into a narrative account from the Ndee perspective.”—Southern Historical Quarterly
John R. Welch is a professor at Simon Fraser University, jointly appointed in the Department of Archaeology and the School of Resource and Environmental Management. He has worked for and with the White Mountain Apache Tribe for three decades and currently serves as adviser on protecting  sacred sites and on the board of the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit he helped the tribe establish to rescue the Fort Apache and Theodore Roosevelt School National Historic Landmark.
Editor’s Introduction: Ndee History Lost and Found

Prologue: Notes on the Creation of the Ndee World by Cline Griggs, Sr.
1. Apache Origins and Early History—Some Non-Indian Perspectives
2. When Did Ndee Ancestors Come to Arizona?
3. The Spanish Entrada
4. The Apache War with the Spaniards
5. Peaceful Apaches of New Spain
6. Anglo Arrivals
7. Apache-Anglo Relations in the 1850s
8. The Civil War Years in Apache Country
9. The White Mountain and Cibecue Ndee in the 1860s
10. Ndee Band Chiefs Hashkee-yànìltl’ì-dn and Hashkeeba
11. Hashkeeba
12. The Soldier Camp on the White Mountain River
13. The Road Is Built, the Soldiers Arrive
14. Camp Apache
15. General Crook and the Ndee Scouts
16. Ndee Chiefs Visit the East
17. One Last Look Back
18. The Tonto Basin Campaign, 1872–1873
19. Peace in the Ndee Dawada Bi Ni’
20. 1874—the Gathering Storm
21. A New Agent
22. Betrayal!
23. Ishkiinlaá Arrested
24. A Nation Scattered
25. 1877—Looking Homeward
26. A Shrinking Reservation
27. A Time of Discontent
28. Death of Hashkeeba
Epilogue: Remembering Lori Davisson by Sidney B. Brinckerhoff
Bibliography: Selected Writing about Ndee History and Culture

Find what you’re looking for...
Free Shipping   Blue
Desk and Exam Copy Requests Click Here
Stay Informed

Receive the latest UBC Press news, including events, catalogues, and announcements.

Read past newsletters
Current Catalogue
Fall 2019 Canadian Cover
Publishers Represented
UBC Press is the Canadian agent for several international publishers. Visit our Publishers Represented page to learn more.