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Naiche - Chiricahua Apache: Naiche was the son of the greatest Apache chiefs, Cochise, and the grandson of another, Mangas Coloradas. Naiche enlisted as a scout at Fort Sill, Oklahoma Territory, in 1897, when this photo was likely taken. He worked successfully to move the Apaches at Fort Sill to the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico, which was much more like their native homeland.
As a medicine man, Geronimo acted as a teacher for hereditary Chief Naiche. Naiche had three wives and 15 children. Nadeyole, was Naiche's oldest wife. Nadeyole died on 24-12-1896, while a prisoner of war at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Naiche's second wife was E-clah-heh (1859-1909) who died at Fort Sill. She was related to Geronimo, which meant that Naiche felt closely bound to Geronimo as head of his wife's kin. Her daughter was Dorothy (1876-1946).
Chief Naiche (ca. 1857-1919) was the final hereditary chief of the Chiricahua band of Apache Indians. Naiche's name, which in English means "meddlesome one" or "mischief maker", is alternately spelled Nache, Nachi, or Natchez. He was the youngest son of Cochise. Naiche died on March 16, 1919 in Mescalero, New Mexico.: