The Translator Dave Cerday did more than just interpret for Comanches and the government.

Dave Cerday
Dave Cerday.

Dave Cerday is one of those names that is more or less lost to history.  The half-Comanche was not really accepted by the tribe or the whites, so he found a role serving as an interpreter.  In 1900, he accompanied Quanah Parker and other Comanche leaders to Washington to discuss Indian lands with government officials.  Dave, on his own, suggested that the Comanche be eased into the lives of farmers, providing them with education and patience.  The officials and chiefs accepted the proposal.

 

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