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Museum of New Mexico Foundation (Santa Fe, NM 87504-2087)
Aaron Roth (Project Director: February 2017 to present)

Taking Back History: The Enduring Legacy of Bosque Redondo

Cultural and educational activities designed to increase knowledge and understanding around the nineteenth-century forced relocation of Navajo and Mescalero Apache peoples from their homelands to Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

From 1863 to 1868, the US Army forcibly removed Navajo and Mescalero Apache from their traditional homelands in the Southwest US territories to the Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation at Ft. Sumner. In forced marches to the site and during their internment, the Navajo and Mescalero Apache endured gross acts of brutality, the decimation of their traditional life-ways and US policies designed to inflict cultural genocide. The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the Navajo and Mescalero Apache Nations are, for the first time, now partnering to implement an Interpretive Plan for the Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner and undertake activities designed to honor and memorialize those lost, celebrate the resilience, endurance, and continuation of the tribal cultures as they are today, and to reflect on the meaning and consequences of such a tragic period in our national history.

Project fields:
Native American Studies; Public History; U.S. History

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Grant period:
2/1/2017 – 1/31/2021