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Lawton in Comanche County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)

Chief Ten Bears

Parua Sʉʉmarʉ

— 1792-1872, Yaparʉka Band —

Chief Ten Bears Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Denney, October 3, 2016
1. Chief Ten Bears Marker
Inscription.  An advocate of peace and known for his eloquent words, Chief Ten Bears worked to negotiate harmony between the United States Government and his Comanche people. Tribal members held him in high regard and often chose him as their representative at peace conferences in the the 1800's. He was one of the original signers of the 1837 Medicine Lodge Treaty, a series of peace agreements between the Government, the Comanches and four other tribes. The treaty was the first step 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 break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures and everything drew a free breath. I want to die there and not within walls"

Chief Ten Bears
Medicine Lodge Creek Peace Council
October 1867
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1867.
Location. 34° 37.104′ N, 98° 23.968′ W. Marker is in Lawton, Oklahoma
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, in Comanche County. Marker is on NW Ferris Ave. Marker is located in front of the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 NW Ferris Ave, Lawton OK 73507, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Queen of the Frisco Railroad (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Comanche Reformed Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Col Jack L. Treadwell (approx. 2.6 miles away); Satank Killed (approx. 2.6 miles away); Fort Sill (approx. 3.1 miles away); M51 Skysweeper 75mm Anti Aircraft Gun (approx. 3.3 miles away); Under the Southern Cross Americal (23rd) Infantry Division (approx. 3.3 miles away); MIM-3 Nike Ajax (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lawton.
Chief Ten Bears Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Denney, October 3, 2016
2. Chief Ten Bears Marker
View of marker with Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center in background.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2016, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 466 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 13, 2016, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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