(North America, 1829 – 1909) was a prominent leader and medicine man from the Bedonkohe tribe of the Apache people. From 1850 to 1886, Geronimo joined with members of three other Chiricahua Apache tribes to carry out numerous raids, as well as fight against Mexican and U.S. military campaigns.


Geronimo’s raids and related combat actions were a part of the prolonged period of the Apache–United States conflict, which started with American settlement in Apache lands following the end of the war with Mexico in 1848. Geronimo led breakouts from the reservations in attempts to return his people to their previous nomadic lifestyle. Since he was a superb leader in raiding and warfare, he frequently led large numbers of men beyond his own following. He died at the Fort Sill hospital in 1909, as a prisoner of war, and was buried at the Fort Sill Indian Agency Cemetery, among the graves of relatives and other Apache prisoners of war.