John R. Welch is a professor at Simon Fraser University, jointly appointed in the Department of Archaeology and the School of Resource and Environmental Management. He has worked for and with the White Mountain Apache Tribe for three decades and currently serves as adviser on protecting sacred sites and on the board of the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit he helped the tribe establish to rescue the Fort Apache and Theodore Roosevelt School National Historic Landmark.
""Grounded in some of our old people's memories and what some
of the first visitors to our land wrote down, this book is worth
reading. It shows how Fort Apache became the gateway through which
the non-Indians marched into our lives and changed them forever.
-Ronnie Lupe, Chairman, White Mountain Apache Tribe
""An in-depth regional history and thorough look at Ndee early contacts with Spanish, Mexican, and American outsiders.""
-Janet Cantley, Curator at the Phoenix Heard Museum
""Lori Davisson and Edgar Perry are regarded as two of the foremost historians of the Western Apaches. These articles, based on primary source material, fill a much-needed void concerning the relationships between the Americans and Western Apaches.""
-Edwin R. Sweeney, author of From Cochise to Geronimo: The Chiricahua Apaches, 1874-1886
""The only book of its kind.""
-Nancy J. Parezo, co-author of Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest and Northern Mexico
""For those of us who were privileged to know her as a friend and colleague, Lori Davisson epitomized a generosity of spirit and selfless devotion to the historian's craft that transcended cultural barriers. Thanks to this welcome compilation of articles that originally appeared in the White Mountain Apache tribal newspaper, Lori's valuable history of the Ndee is now available to a broad audience of scholars and general readers.""
-Bruce J. Dinges, Arizona Historical Society