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FORT APACHE

FORT APACHE
Apache Tribal Lands, United States
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BACKGROUND

Established by President Grant in 1871, the 7,500-acre Fort Apache Reservation served as operations base from which the U.S. Army, with the help of White Mountain Apache scouts, carried out assaults against renegade Apache bands in an effort to settle the West. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Despite the fort’s significance, many of its buildings fell into ruin, prompting WMF to place the site on its 1998 Watch list. Watch listing bolstered the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s efforts to prompt the U.S. Department of the Interior to bring the buildings into compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s standards. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

In 1960 the U.S. Congress affirmed the historical significance and economic potential of Fort Apache; however, conservation at the site has had an uneven history. Fort Apache is a good example of a site of secondary architectural significance that is so completely imbued with historical importance that conservation is of paramount importance. (...)