The San Carlos Apache Reservation was created in 1872 when the U.S. Army rounded up several bands of Apaches, some of which were actually enemies. The reservation has a history of poor treatment by the Federal government, and possibly its tribal leaders, and today is one of the poorest reservations in the country, despite its casino business. About half its people are under the poverty line, and unemployment is extremely high. Drug and alcohol abuse are major problems, along with mental health concerns. Despite all this, the Apaches I've encountered are friendly and personable.
Driving around the reservation, I noticed several Christian churches, such as St. Charles Catholic. I met the Catholic missionary here a couple years ago, so I presume he is still active. I also met a Mormon missionary couple at the same time. I commend these people willing to live here in an effort to help.
|St. Charles Church|