Parker, Quanah

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  • Quanah Parker (1849/1852–1911) was a Quahada Comanche chief who became the most influential Native American leader on the Kiowa, Comanche, and Kiowa-Apache Reservation in Oklahoma. He was born in Comancheria sometime between 1849 and 1852. His father was Peta Nocona, a noted Quahada chief, and his mother was named Naudah. In 1860, after his mother was kidnapped and returned to her family, Naudah discovered that she was originally named Cynthia Ann Parker. She had been captured as a child in 1836 by the Comanche during a raid on Fort Parker, Texas. Although Quanah identified himself as Comanche throughout his life, once he moved onto the reservation, he adopted his mother's family name. His mixed heritage made him an effective intermediary between Native Americans and U.S. ...

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