There were many Native American tribes already on Texas such as the Apache (The Picture) and the Comanches.

These men are Chiricahua Apache warriors. From left to right, Yanozha (the runner) Chappo (son of Geronimo) Fun (half brother of Geronimo) and Geronimo. For the record, Geronimo was never a chief.

Modoc Indian taking a scalp of U.S. soldier - Indian Wars and Battles

Scalping was a major business during this time period. The Mexican government would pay scalp hunters to go kill Indians and bring back their scalps. This job drives a lot of the plot for a large part of the book since "the kid" joins a group of scalpers.

Indian Wars Cavalry Hat | Cavalry Campaign hat, Model 1876, Indian Wars Period, cord and ...

Indian Wars Cavalry Hat | Cavalry Campaign hat, Model 1876, Indian Wars Period, cord and ...

“Curley,“ one of Custer's Crow Indian scouts and reputed Sole survivor of the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

“Curley,“ one of Custer's Crow Indian scouts and reputed Sole survivor of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. No date or location

Before the Little Big Horn

Howard Terpning - Before the Little Big Horn. under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer

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