In 1874, two years after the Chiricahua Reservation was established by General Howard, Taza – the son of Apache chief Cochise – succeeded his father as chief of the Chiricahuas.
Named after the Grand Canyon State’s Chiricahua Mountains, the eponymous group of Apaches settled in what is now Southeastern Arizona.
Two years later, the tribe was removed from the reservation and relocated. That fall, Taza journeyed to Washington, D.C. with a delegation of Apaches where he succumbed to pneumonia on Sept. 26, 1876.
He was buried in the Congressional Cemetery with the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and other noted dignitaries in attendance.
– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100