“When Geronimo along with Naiche and Nana and a small band of Chiricahua Apache warriors surrendered to federal troops in 1886, they numbered about 22 men and 15 women and children. Nevertheless, the U.S. government rounded up and imprisoned nearly 500 men, women and children all members of the Chiricahua Apache Tribe, according to Mescalero Tribal Administrator Freddie Kaydahzinne.
“The War Department held our people in Florida, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Oklahoma,” Kaydahzinne said. “Their kids were taken away from them, and they took them up to Carlisle, Pa., and also a place called Hampton.” He said that in 1913, when the Chiricahua were released, 187 chose to return to the Southwest and 78 stayed in and around Fort Sill, Okla.
“The records will show many of our people died while they were in prison,” Kaydahzinne said. After their release, many came to live with the Mescalero and Lipan Apache on the Mescalero Apache Reservation, according to the Chiricahua Commemoration Committee.
I grew up with Freddie’s son, Guymon, gods rest his soul, and I’ve known the above quoted Freddie Kaydahzinne my whole life and he’s been an influence on me.
I’m off to the Mescalero Apache Tribal Feast today and tomorrow. Some of my lifelong best friends in the tribe and I are going to take some footage of the dancing and festivities with my quadopter drone, and if I get some great footage, I’ll be sure and post it for you next week.
There’s a barrage of headlines to hit on into this long weekend, so let’s jump right in. Happy July 4th, everybody.
Jobs blowout: Economy gains 288000 in June – Oh man, do the media ever hype the economy up (and down). The economy’s either great or horrible if you ask most pundits. It’s neither, IMHO, just in an upswing cycle that’s being accelerated using our grandchildren’s wealth (ie debt) and funneled towards corporate profits via subsidies, tax breaks, and outright bailouts/welfare. Imbalances abound. Sigh.
The great inflating bubble – From 2011. For the last few years, my analysis has been that the corporate economy is on fire and employment, broader and Main Street economies were slowly improving. My analysis now points to that strong corporate economy finally catching traction and bringing up the employment, broader and Main Street economies as they catch traction now too.
Trading Fire With Militants, Israeli Troops Mass at Gaza – Prayers to everyone involved. A headline worthy of making note of while stocks are at all-time highs, rather than the next time they sell off at the same time as such a headline.
US taxpayers fund immigration negligence – To blame immigrants for high taxes while ignoring the trillions in annual corporate welfare handed out, seems a little misguided. Think about it. Happy 4th of July, eh? As I go, invited, to the Mescalero Reservation tonight, I will ponder who’s the immigrant.
When will Alibaba go public? Ask a fortune teller – I want to short Yahoo YHOO into and/or right after the Alibaba IPO. I have no interest in trying to game the foreign stock Alibaba though. Valuation, growth, and trust of management and laws overseas is too risky for me on that one at the price and time it’s coming public here.
CBOE Plans to List Options on GoPro, Inc. (GPRO) – $GPRO options hit the market next week. I’ll certainly look at the GoPro puts when they start trading next week, but we’ll just have to see where GoPro is at that point and just how expensive the premiums on the puts are to see if I’ll risk any speculative capital on buying the puts. I wrote about what a debacle this GoPro IPO has been last week. And you can join the very insightful and sometimes very intense debate, also imbedded below.