Chiricahua apache homeland in the Borderland Southwest

Daniel D. Arreola

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The creation of the present United States-Mexico boundary in the mid-nineteenth century interrupted and disregarded the traditional territorial space of the Chiricahua Apache, whose ancestral homeland transcended this new line. As a result of their land claims, the United States created a reservation for the Chiricahua Apache, but it was later withdrawn. Today members of this group officially reside among Mescalero Apache in New Mexico and Fort Sill Apache in Oklahoma. This essay assesses the historic and contemporary impact of geographical borderland changes for the Chiricahua Apache and discusses the legacy of a transformed homeland.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-131
Number of pages21
JournalGeographical Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Borderland Southwest
  • Chiricahua Apache
  • Native Americans
  • Regional identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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