Quanah Parker
(1845-1911)

Died aged c. 66

Quanah Parker (Comanche kwana, "smell, odor") (c. 1845 or 1852 – February 23, 1911) was a Comanche/English-American war leader of the Quahadi band of the Comanche people. He was born into the Nokoni ("Wanderers") band, the son of Comanche chief Peta Nocona and Cynthia Ann Parker, an English-American, who had been kidnapped as a child and assimilated into the tribe. Quanah emerged as a dominant figure in the Red River War. Scarcity of food and supplies lead Quanah to finally surrender and peaceably lead the Quahadi to the reservation at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Quanah Parker was never elected chief by his people, but was appointed by the federal government as principal chief of the entire Comanche nation, and became a primary emissary of southwest indigenous Americans to the United States legislature. In civilian life, he gained wealth as a rancher, advocated the Native American Church movement, and was elected deputy sheriff of Lawton in 1902. After his death, the leadership title of Chief was replaced with Chairman; Quanah is thereby described as the "Last Chief of the Comanche," a term also applied to Tʉhʉyakwahipʉ. He is buried at Chief's Knoll on Fort Sill. Many cities and highway systems in southwest Oklahoma and north Texas, once southern Comancheria, bear references to his name.

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Texas Historical Marker #771

Cedar Lake. Or Laguna Sabinas. Largest Alkali Lake on Plains; old Indian camp and burial site; birthplace of Quanah Parker. A skirmish between Indians and United States Cavalry under command of Lieutenant John L. Bullis took place here in October, 1875. 1936 #771

?, Seminole, TX, United States where they was born (1845)