At Fort Sumner, the U.S. Army forcibly moved 9,000 Navajo and Mescalero Apache Indians from their homelands to the land surroundingthis lonely outpost, where nearly one-third died during incarceration in the 1860s. The Mescalero Apaches—450 strong—left without asking permission and the Navajo were held for three more years before the U.S. Government resolved to allow the Navajo to return to their original homes. Today a museum provides information and a space to reflect upon the tragic history of Fort Sumner and Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation.
Billy the Kid Road
Fort Sumner, NM 88119
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8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day
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