The Court of Commissioners recognizes the Lipan Apache tribe – Corridor News


Sierra Martin | Editor-in-chief

HAYS COUNTY – On Tuesday, December 21, the Hays County Commissioners’ Court recognized the Lipan Apache tribe and their contributions to the state of Texas.

The Lipan Apache tribe has lived in Texas and northern Mexico for over 300 years. They made treaties, alliances and promises of friendship with Spain, Mexico, the German Confederation, and the United States.

A tribal government represents the Lipan Apache tribe with a constitution and statutes and the tribe is a voting member of the National Congress of American Indian.

The eagle has remained sacred to the tribe, commissioners say, and the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals recognized the religious and legal rights of more than 200 tribal members to use eagle feathers in their ceremonies. . The Lipan Tribe also served in the United States Armed Forces during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In addition, members of the Lipan Apache tribe served as police officers, ministers, nurses and teachers.

“With a rich heritage, the Lipan Apaches have maintained a strong sense of identity and community and they continue to make a valuable contribution to the culture of the Lone Star State,” the court resolution said.

Bernard Barcy, Tribal President of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas, thanked Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra and County Commissioners Debbie Ingalsbe and Mark Jones and spoke about the history of the tribe in the area.

“I would add that this area here was quite a large population in the 1830s. Very important along with Austin, San Antonio and the Lockhart area…” said Barcy. “And a lot of the family here can trace their lineage back to that time and the breeders who were here.”

Live streaming of the Hays County Commissioners Court will only be available during scheduled Commissioners Court meetings, which typically take place every Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. unless otherwise specified. The videos are archived on their website.

Commissioners Tribunal meetings are held at the historic Hays County Courthouse, located at 111 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos, Texas.


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