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Comanche Nation Elders Visit Fort Hood, Research Ancestry

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Published on Oct 2, 2013

Leading Comanche Tribe scholar and UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts Dean Daniel J. Gelo, Ph.D. joined Comanche Nation representatives on a field visit of archaeological sites surrounding Fort Hood, Texas on June 14, 2012. The group of 26 Elders came from Oklahoma to learn about their ancestry in the area at the invitation of the Fort Hood Cultural Resource Management team.

Comanche tribal historic preservation officer Jimmy Arterberry, who was in attendance, said of the event: "The Comanche Nation Elders were extremely impressed with the generosity and respect they were afforded by Fort Hood representatives. They also enjoyed the field site visit and presentation given by Dr. Gelo, and hope to have the opportunity to return soon."

Dr. Gelo, who played a leading role in the project, said it brought together "archaeology, archival history, Native oral history and the knowledge of present-day tribal elders." He expressed confidence the pioneering endeavor will serve as a model for mutually respectful and productive relations between tribal stakeholders and federal institutions.

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