Quanah Parker

Quanah Parker

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  • At around 1845-1850, Quanah Parker was born to parents Peta Nocona and Cynthia Ann Parker. He was most likely born near Elk Creek, a creek south of the Wichita Mountains in present-day Oklahoma.
  • Quanah Parker, now chief of the Comanches, and a commissioner discussed the United States' proposed Treaty of Medicine Lodge. In this deal, the Comanches would be forced to stay in reservations, while the United States supplied basic needs for their survival.
  • In 1874, Quanah Parker and several other troops attacked buffalo hunters at a trading post near the town of Adobe Walls. This fight in the Panhandle ended in a loss for Parker, as the hunter had powerful buffalo guns.
  • After many fights with Parker, Colonel Mackenzie sent Jacob Sturm, a physician, to persuade the Comanches into surrendering. After Parker saw what he thought was a symbol of Native American defeat with an eagle flying towards Fort Sill, he gave up on June 2, 1875.
  • After his surrender, Parker and the rest of the Comanches had to get used to reservation life. Even though Quanah had once fought against reservations, he now worked to promote self-sufficiency and self-reliance. Parkeer also helped create a ranching industry, making him become successful economically.
  • On February 23, 1911, Quanah Parker died while visiting the Cheyenne reservation from an undiagnosed ailment. He was first buried at Post Oak Mission Cemetery near Cache, Oklahoma, with his mother. In 1957, both bodies were relocated to Fort Sill Post Cemetery at Lawton, Oklahoma, in the section know as Chief's Knoll.
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