The Great Apache Scout Alchesay’s service to the U.S. earned him the nation’s highest honor.


Alchesay was a chief of the White Mountain Apaches—but he worked closely with the U.S. government.  In the 1870s and 1880s, he served as a scout for General George Crook.  In fact, he was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1873 for “Gallant conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches.

After Geronimo finally surrendered in 1885, Alchesay went back to private life, becoming a successful rancher and an envoy to Washington, seeking better conditions for his people.  He died on August 6, 1928.

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