CHEIF TEN BEARS
YAPARUK A BAND
An advocate of peace and known forhis eloquent words, Chief Ten Bears workedto negotiate harmony between the United State government and his Comanche people.Tribal members held him in high regard andoften chose him as their representativeat Peace conferences in the 1800's. He was oneof the original signers of the 1867 MedicineLodge Treaty, a series of peace agreementsbetween the government, the Comanche and fourother tribes. The treaty was the firststep toward "transitioning" the plains Indians and resulted in the Comanche nation's permanent settlement in southwest Oklahoma.
"I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free and there was nothing to breakthe light of the sun. I was born where therewere not enclosures and everything drew a freebreath. I want to die there and not within walls."
Chief Ten Bears
Medicine Lodge Creek Peace Council
701 NW Ferris Avenue, Lawton, Oklahoma In front of the Comanche National Museum & Cultural Center.