The Camp Verde Historic Vortex
Nestled away out in the open right across from the Camp Verde Detention facility is the Conoco gas station in Camp Verde, Arizona. As you walk into the spacious Market Place building, you’ll find the “The Great Seal of the Yavapai-Apache Nation” posted for all to see when they enter the building.
For the last 6 months, I would stop by the place to refresh my thirst and hunger while helping a person who lived down the road. Never did I take the time to sit down at the location until recently where to my surprise there before me on the wall was an interesting tale of something which had happened in the area in the 1800’s.
The Yavapai-Apache Exodus of 1875
According to the Yavapai-Apache nation:
“Indian hostilities resulted from the establishment of mining camps on their ancestral lands and due to the active murder, deceit, and poisoning of Apaches, in particular, by the Confederate deserter, King Woolsey. These hostilities continued without interruption until General Crook rounded up the surviving Yavapai and Apache and took them to the Rio Verde Reservation in 1872. This usurpation of their Homelands and sequestering on the Rio Verde Reserve is referred to as the “conquest” by the Yavapai-Apache Nation. They remained there until March 1875, when an estimated 1,500 Yavapai and Apache were moved from the Rio Verde Indian Reserve 180 miles away to the Indian Agency at San Carlos. The forced removal, now known as Exodus Day, of the indigenous people of the Verde Valley, resulted in scores of lives lost and the loss of nine hundred square miles of Executive Order lands promised to the Yavapai-Apache by the United States government. When they were finally allowed to leave San Carlos in 1900, only about 200 Yavapai and Apache actually made it back to their homeland in the Verde Valley.”
Further research has shown according to the local newspaper The Verde Independent:
“Not only were the Yavapai and Apache peoples incarcerated, but for the next 25 years their lives were irrevocably changed, as they experienced great hunger and disease.
By the start of the 20th Century, the two nations had become one. Their captors also finally released about 200 Yavapai and Apache – and sent them back home. But many years away had changed what had once been their home, as Anglo settlers set up homesteads and ranches.
Then, a much smaller portion of land in the Verde Valley was set aside for the Yavapai-Apache Nation, which in 1934 under the Indian Reorganization Act was federally recognized as a Native American tribe.
Today, the Yavapai-Apache Nation has its own tribal council, focused on business development, education, and infrastructure.”
Another local newspaper reported:
“In 1863, gold was discovered on Lynx Creek in nearby Prescott and that event changed the ways of the Yavapai and Apache in Verde Valley. Within two years of the gold discovery, the Yavapai and Apache were pursued by soldiers under the direction of then-President Grant who served as president from 1869 to 1877.
From 1863 to 1873, the Yavapai and Apache were subjected to brutal wars in the area. President Andrew Jackson had just completed the removal of the Cherokees with the Trail of Tears march from North Carolina to Oklahoma territory prior to Grant taking office.
Historical military records stored at the Nation’s culture center denotes physical encounters between the U.S. Calvary and the Yavapai and Apache. The U.S Government wanted to subdue the tribes in Verde Valley. Ironically, on Oct. 3, 1871, the Rio Verde Reserve was set aside through an Executive Order in Verde Valley under President Grant for the Yavapai and Apache and four years later, on April 23, 1875, the Rio Verde Reserve was withdrawn.”
Remarkable and worth mentioning is the lighting above the mural and how it was surely designed to direct the attention of whoever may happen to look upon it out of curiosity only then to become pulled back in history painted specifically to remember. Indeed this is a type of vortex opening a doorway into the past and is a reminder that something happened in these lands worth remembering.
The Native American people in the Sedona/Verde Valley area were driven out by the United States Army by force, many died in the processed, from their Teepee’s and marched away with only what they could carry for good. It’s on record those people of that time were indeed practicing their religious beliefs which were then outlawed to practice inside “kivas” in the area. These places according to legend were “Gateways” and “Portals” the likes of which were said to be like nuclear spiritual power plants of twirling vortex like psychic energy.
In closing, looking at the mural there’s no question a spell is being cast through a few forms taking one from this moment back in time through to a shady center in the apparent effort to evoke what it must have been like to live then and the tragedies which followed. There is much to be learned from history for there are many who claim its always repeating itself.
NOTE: This information has been taken from a chapter in the book theSedona/Verde Valley Vortex and or will be added on the next update.
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