March 22, 2021

44 - The Bronco Apache - The Last of the Wild

44 - The Bronco Apache - The Last of the Wild

On May 6th, 1877, just ten months after the battle of Little Big Horn, the legendary Crazy Horse led nearly 900 Lakota & Cheyenne to Fort Robinson, Nebraska. It was time to surrender. Five months later in October of 1877 Chief Joseph of the Nez...


On May 6th, 1877, just ten months after the battle of Little Big Horn, the legendary Crazy Horse led nearly 900 Lakota & Cheyenne to Fort Robinson, Nebraska. It was time to surrender.

Five months later in October of 1877 Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce would do the same. To fight no more, forever.

Sitting Bull of the Lakota would hold out until May of 1881, when he too would lay down his arms.

And then finally - on September 4th, 1886 - the mighty Apache leader Geronimo surrendered to the U.S. Army, in Skeleton Canyon, in present day southeastern Arizona. The last American Indian warrior to formerly surrender to the United States. And with him, so went the Indian Wars. The buffalo were gone, the railroads and churches were here to stay, and the wild west – for the most part – was over.

But what if I were to tell you that not ALL of the Apache surrendered? That there were a few holdouts that not only continued to live free but continued to make war with their enemies as well. For the next 45 years!

Find out more on this holy crap, I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this before I’m about to pee my pants with excitement episode of Bloody Beaver Podcast!

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Time Magazine article from 1929 on Francisco Fimbres

White Chief May Have Led Last of the Free Apaches into 20th Century

Mexicans Recall Last Apaches Living in Sierra

A Savage Land thesis by Margery Hunt Watkinson

The Last "Broncho" thesis by Leah Candolin Cook

Meet the Geronimos

The last Free Apaches