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Lipan Apache Fact Sheet

The Apache Indians are divided into six sub tribes. The Lipan Apache are one of these Apache tribes. In this section, you will find articles about the Lipan Apache people, their history, and culture.

Official Tribal Names:

Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation

This federally recognized indian tribe includes some Lipan apaches.
Official Website:  

Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas

On March 18, 2009 the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas was declared a state-recognized Tribe.
Address: PO Box 261110, Corpus Christie, Texas 78426
Phone: 361-774-4881
Email: Contact Form
Official Website: The Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas

Lipan Apache Band of Texas, Inc.

Currently an unrecognized tribe. Letter of Intent to Petition 5/26/1999.
Official Website:  

Common Name: Lipan Apache

Traditional Name:


Meaning of Traditional Name:

Tinde = Light Gray People

Alternate names:


Alternate spellings:


Name in other languages:

Registered Population:



Southwest, Plains


New Mexico, Texas, Chihuahua, Mexico

Bands / Population at Contact:  

Language Classification:


Language Dialects:


Number of fluent Speakers:


Tribal Enrollment Requirements:

See Apache Tribe Enrollment Requirements

Tribal Flag:


Tribal Emblem:


Related Tribes:

The Lipan Apache are one of the six sub-tribes of the Apache tribe. The others are the Chiricahua, Jicarilla, Mescalero, Plains Apache, and Western Apache. The seventh Apachean group, the Navajo, are now considered as a separate tribe.



Traditional Territory:


Original Reservation:


Current Reservations:

Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico
19 bands reside in Chihuahua, Mexico

Traditional Allies:


Traditional Enemies:

Comanche, Kickapoo

Bands / Clans:

Kune tsa (Big Water People)



Historical Social Structure:


Burial / Funeral Customs:


Marriage/Wedding Customs:


Creation Beliefs / Religion:


Religion Today


Historical Clothing:


Historical Dwellings:


Historical Foods / Wildcrafting:


Subsistence / Industry Today:


Sacred Places:


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Historical Weapons and Tools:


Historical Political Organization


Government Today:


Famous Contemporary People:

Historical Leaders:

Famous Lipan Apache chiefs included Chief Cuelgas de Castro, Cabellos Colorados (Red Hair), Pocarropa, Xolic, Flacco, and Custaleta.

Catastrophic Events:






In the News:


Further Reading:


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