Comanche Indian Mission Cemetery
Henry Post Army Airfield, 4900 Area
+34.64221, -98.3924334°38'32" N, 98°23'33" W
The Comanche Indian Mission Cemetery is associated with significant Native American use during a time when Tribes were being forcibly removed to reservations and slowly acculturated into Christian/Euro-American practices through government policy. The Comanche as a Nation hold the cemetery as sacred ground, not only associated with their ancestors during a time of significant tribal upheaval, but also as a symbol of the deprivations faced by the tribe as a result of their treatment and conditions. Historically, the omanche people were comprised of many bands (groups of Comanche people), dispersed geographically in order to survive each other for the good of the whole population . The Comanche Indian Mission Cemetery is representative of the effects of forced acculturation in traditional burial practices of the Comanche people, and indicative of the impact smallpox had on the entire Comanche population at the close of the 19th century. The Comanche Indian Mission Cemetery meets the criteria for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criteria A and Din the areas of Ethnic-Heritage-Native American and Historic Archeology.
Posted to the NRHP 2-5-2014
- February 2, 2018: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
- August 21, 2014: Added by Dave King