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The Fort Apache scout. [volume] (Whiteriver, Ariz.) 1962-current, July 01, 1962, Image 7

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APACHE HEED
MAKES TOP INCOME
BONITA CREEK - In 1917,
800 head of Whitefaced cattle
of fair quality and bearing the
T-0 brand then located in Mex
ico, were purchased by the U.S.
Government, shipped to San
Carlos, and then trail-driven to
Fort Apache.
After arrival, one half the
herd was issued to the Apache
people in lots of five head to the
Family. The remaining 400
head became the nucleus of the
present-day White Mountain
Tribal Herd.
From this small beginning
has grown a Reservation live
stock industry with average an
nual gross income of $750,000,
including revenues of several
livestock associations.
THE FIRST APACHES to enter
into the cattle business on the Fort
Apache Indian Reservation were the
Chiefs of the Cedar Creek and North
Fork Clans who introduced the first
cattle from Mexico near the turn of
the century.
The original ID herd in 1917 was
established to furnish issue cattle to
the individual Apache tribal mem
bers for food and also to enable
them to start their own herds.
In 1934, 400 purebred cattle were
purchased to establish a purebred
herd on the ID range to furnish
bulls for the individual Apache own
ers.
Until 1950, the receipts from the
operation of the “ID’s” were used to
aid the elderly tribal members and
soon received the title of the “Old
Folk’s Herd.”
When the elderly members be
came eligible for State Old Age as
sistance in 1950, the tribal herd in
come was then deposited to the gen
eral account of the White Mountain
Apache Tribe with operating ex
Purebred Cattle Famed
Quality Throughout West
Bill Moody and Marvel Keep Watch Over Prime Apache Cattle
penses appropriated annually by the
Tribal Council.
IN JANUARY, 1957, the White
Mountain Tribal Herd Enterprise
was officially formed by the Council
to place this Tribal asset on a busi
ness-like basis.
The Tribal Herd Enterprise is gov
erned by the Tribal Council through
an advisory board appointed by the
council members.
Current members are: Les Baha,
chairman; Leon Beatty and Carl Ve
lasquez. Among the Board’s many
functions are the preparation of an
annual budget, the establishing of
sale prices of bulls and purebred fe
male cows that are sold to associa
tions and members of the Tribe, and
the overall general operation of the
Enterprise.
Stanly Wright, is Tribal Herd
Manager, and is responsible for the
entire operation and management of
the Enterprise.
WRIGHT STATES: “The purpose
of the Tribal Herd Enterprise is
many-fold:
1. To produce high quality pure
bred bulls for sale to Indian
owned livestock associations.
2. To produce top quality female
stock for sale to members of the
Tribe and to improve the qual
ity of Reservation cattle.
3. To produce income for the
Tribe to be used for range im
provements, welfare payments,
police protection and to support
other projects for the general
welfare of the White Mountain
Apaches.
4. To serve as a model stock-rais
ing operation for the Apache
people.
SINCE ITS FORMATION, the
assets of the Enterprise have in
creased approximately 100 per cent,
Wright declared.
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The soundness of its financial con
dition is noted when it is considered
one of the major sources of income
to the Tribal Treasury. Income de
rived from profits of the Enterprise
and also from grazing fee payments
comparable to those paid by ranchers
off the Reservation.
Wright and his hoard of directors
are acutely aware of the fact that
quality brings a premium price in
the sale yards.
“Quality is determined by breed
ing, environment, age, sex, nutrition
and health,” said Wright.
The quality of the White Moun
tain Apache cattle is well-known
throughout the Southwest. A pro
gram of selective breeding has re
sulted in the present top-quality of
the Apache herd.
But Tribal officials realize the
quality could be improved even
more.
AS A STEP towards this goal, 5
herd sires were recently purchased
from Venotti Hereford Ranch near
Walsenburg, Colorado.
Many famous Hereford bloodlines
have been introduced such as: Mill
Iron, Larry Domino, Zato Heir and
Gold Mine.
Controlled breeding is carried out
in the Registered Herd on 18 sepa
rate breeding pastures near the Res
ervation Ranch where cows and bulls
are selected to improve the calf qual
ity.
As a result of this careful breeding
program, the White Mountain Apa
che cattle owners are assured of top
quality stock for years to come.
Special Edition
Features Apache
Reservation
FORT APACHE The White
Mountain Apache Tribe receiv
ed international publicity this
month when the entire July
issue of the famous Arizona
Highways magazine was devot
ed to the Fort Apache Indian
Reservation.
Written by Charles W. Her
bert, noted writer and photog
rapher, the issue carried num
erous photographs, both black
and white and in breathtaking
color, which showed many out
standing features of the reser
vation.
Shirley Bones, one of tlm
beauty queens of the 1961 Fori
Apache Tribal Fair, was cover
girl for the special edition and
was shown wearing Ceremonial
Buckskin outfit made by her
aunt.
Stories included a history of
the Fort Apache Tribe up to
the present time; the various
Tribal enterprises; the eco
nomic advances made by the
White Mountain Apaches and a
special feature on the late, Rev
erend Edgar Guenther, beloved
Lutheran Missionary known to
all tribal members as T naschudt
Ndaes’n, The Tall Missionary.
Among the many photographs
were the Tribal Council, the fall
cattle roundup, the annual ro
deo, Hawley Lake, the White
river School, Tonto Lake and
other reservation features.
Tribal representatives and
other officials predict a sharp
increase in the already growing
number of tourists and sports
men to the reservation as a re
sult of the Arizona Highways
edition.
Tribe Officials
To Meet Udall
(From Page One)
Even though funds for the
Hawley Lake project are avail
able, the approval of Secretary
Udall is needed before actual
construction can be started,
Deßose declared.
“With the paving of a 5-mile
stretch of the 13-mile road lead
ing to Hawley Lake from State
Highway 173 scheduled in Sep
tember, the lake and the resort
will be a year-round vacation
center for tourists from all over
the nation,” he said.
The 5-miles currently being
paved runs south from the lake
to the Williams Greek holding
road and previously was the
roughest part of the road.
Upon their return from
Washington, the delegates will
report to the tribal members on
their visit.
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