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A Tribute to
Nancy McGown Minor

    The Tribe honors the memory of Nancy McGown Minor. We will forever be grateful for her selfless dedication and contributions
to the Tribe as our friend and tribe historian.
    Read Nancy's Books & other books we recommend-- Here

Message on Covid-19

   We continue to urge our members to be prudent until there is a slow down to Covid19 infections. Please take this virus seriously especially with the dominance of the more infective Delta variant; too many of our tribe members have been hospitalized and some have died of the disease.

   GET VACCINATED. And, even if vaccinated because of Delta variant breakthroughs, be sure to
--wear your mask, covering
   both mouth & nose
   (even when socially
   distancing) when you are in
   public indoor areas and
   among large indoor
   or outdoor groups,
--wash your hands often,
--stay socially distant if
   unsure that the person
   next to you is vaccinated,
--get your booster when
   recommended by CDC &
--continue to follow the above
   guidelines until further
   notice from CDC.

   We need to use wisdom in our choices.

2021 Tribal Council Meetings & PowWow

  Mar 5-6...Spring Pow-Wow
      Closed to Public-Covid19
  Mar 13...Council Only
  May 1...Council Only
  Aug 7...Council Only
  Oct 30...Fall Pow-Wow
      Closed to Public-Covid19
  Dec 4...Council Only

Until further notice, Council meetings will be closed to the public due to continued high infections and deaths of Covid19 in Texas. Check back for updates.

Tribal Council Guidelines for Public Input

Individuals desiring to make a comment at one of the Tribal Council meetings must follow a set of guidelines...

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Tribe Celebrates Inaugral Indigenous Peoples Day at Capitol

   On Saturday October 9th 2021, the State of Texas celebrated its Inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day in Texas on the south steps of the State Capitol building. Members of many tribes showed up to attend or take part in this special and long awaited celebration.

   Read more:
Click Here Indigenous People's Week

Darcie Little Badger
Lipan Apache Writer Wins 2021 Locus Award

   Lipan Apache tribe member, author Darcie Little Badger, is the winner of the 2021 Locus Award for Best First Novel for her book Elatsoe. Elatsoe is an National Indie bestseller, one of TIME's 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time, and has received 5 starred review. Well done, Darcie. We are proud of your hard work.

Your can follow Darcie on Instagram & TikTok at @dr.littlebadger.

2019 HCR 171 & SCR 61 Resolutions Tribe Recognition

   The 2019 Texas 86th Congress once again recognizes the Lipan Apache Tribe, this time with honors House Resolution 171 and the companion bill Senate Resolution 61. Each bill was signed by the House, Senate, and Governor Abbott.
   Thank you, Representatives V. Neave (Dallas), L. Pacheco (San Antonio), and A. Herrero (Corpus Christi); Senators R. West (Dallas) and J. Hinojosa (McAllen); and Gov. G. Abbott!

   Read these powerful resolutions:

Click Here Pow Wow

City & County of Presidio Transfer Sacred Grounds to Tribe

   We are proud to announce a historic event for our tribe. El Cementerio del Barrio de los Lipanes, a small portion of sacred burial grounds located within Presidio, TX, was donated by the City of Presidio and the County of Presidio to our Lipan Apache Tribe. On November 2nd, 2021, City of Presidio Mayor John Ferguson and Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara signed the deed over to the Tribe, confirming the donation of this sacred site to us.

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El Cementerio del Barrio de los Lipanes in Presidio, TX, Transferred to Tribe

An Indigenous tribe in Texas is getting its sacred burial ground back

Presidio Country makes history by transferring ownership of cemetery to the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas

The Story of
Kasetta & Jack

   The story of Kesetta and Jack reveals the personal suffering endured by Lipan families who were targeted, month after month, by troop commanders who had, just a decade earlier, fought in some of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War and....

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Tribal Council's Statement
on the Publication of the
The Lost Ones

   We are aware of Michaela MacColl's book, THE LOST ONES, and want to express our grave concern that, with this story, MacColl is violating our traditional ways by speaking of those who have passed on....
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Recruiting Badger Runners

   We are recruiting long-distance runners for the Annual Badger Run on March 5, 2022, which commences our Spring Homecoming Pow-Wow. This run celebrates our tribe's emergence story and honors our Sacred History of many long-distance runners and ceremonial respect for the eagle.

   Runners must be able to:
--run at least 8K/5mi w/o stopping,
--run a 10 min/mile
   or faster.

   Runners should live close to the McAllen area or be able to travel to the area without problems for practice runs. If interested, contact Councilwoman Maria Cooley.

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and Support the Tribe

Easy way to help: Learn how you can donate to the Lipan Apache Tribe when you buy stuff from
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To Order the
Lipan Apache Tribe's Flag

   The Lipan Apache Tribe's flag is made by TME Co., Inc., in Rhode Island. You can order the flag directly from our Flag maker by ....

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Council Notice on Native

   As a voting tribal member of NCAI, the Lipan Apache Tribe supports the work and purpose of this great organization and endorses the various NCAI resolutions on Native logos, organization names, and mascots....

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Applying for Membership or Tribal ID Cards

On Membership Enrollment: Enrollment is currently closed for an indefinite period of time. Please do not ask for an enrollment application.

Only enrolled tribe members may apply for an ID card and you must have your assigned tribal identification number. To request an application for your first ID card, email your name, ID number, current home address, phone number, and preferred email address to: . To request a replacement or renewal card, verify/update your current contact information (ID number, home address, phone, email) at and request a renewal-replacement card application.

Requesting a Member Certificate

Only enrolled tribe members may request a member certificate. To request the free member certificate, email your name, ID number, current home address, and phone number to and state that you want a member certificate.

The Tribe's linguist, David Gohre, has created a website that is dedicated to the revitalization of the Lipan Apache Language. Read about the History of the Lipan language and learn a few basic words and phrases....Cont'd

    Not the Band
Our Proclamation on Sacred Ceremonies clearly states that "We would like to make it known that The Lipan Apache Tribe which is also known as the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas is not in any way associated with or part of the organization the Lipan Apache Band of Texas....Cont'd

    Contact Info Updates
To Report a Change of Contact Information:

It is important that our members' contact information is up-to-date. If your name, E-mail, home address, or phone number changes; notify us by emailing your new information to . You may also call our Office phone number. Leave a call back phone number should you have to leave a message. Also, whether using email or phone, please identify yourself by using your full name and member ID number.


In 2010, Adriel Arocha and his parents won a significant legal victory which will affect all Native American school children in Texas. Adriel's victory is also a victory for the Lipan Apache Tribe, since it validates the fact that we are a legitimate American Indian tribe with members who practice traditional beliefs. We are very, very proud of Adriel, who stood up for his Lipan heritage and his rights as a Native American....Cont'd

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