Since assuming management of most of the Fort Apache/Theodore Roosevelt School property in 2007, the Foundation has applied preservation treatments to nearly every historic building on the site. Complete rehabilitations have been completed on the Commanding Officer’s Quarters, the BIA Club House, and a Teacher’s Cottage.
These rehabilitated historic buildings provide office and program space for the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s Hydrology and Water Resources Division, the Environmental Protection Office, the Tribal Historic Preservation Office, and the Johns Hopkins University Centers for American Indian Health. Through the efforts of these vital programs, Fort Apache/Theodore Roosevelt School National Historic Landmark is becoming a center for resource protection, education, and community development.
The Foundation was proud to match funds from the Arizona Humanities Council to support the publication of Nohwigotah/Our Village, a bilingual (English and Ndee Biyati’i [Western Apache]) children’s book created by the Nohwike’ Bágowa Museum and the Cibecue Community School that was released in Spring 2009. The Salt River Project generously reprinted the book, providing us with an additional 1,200 copies to distribute to schools, libraries, and others who might learn about Western Apache language and heritage.
Much more is coming as we continue to work with our many funding partners in the revitalization of Fort Apache. Past and continuing support provided by: Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund; the National Endowment for the Humanities; Arizona Office of Tourism; Preserve America; Save America’s Treasures; Arizona Commission on the Arts; Arizona Humanities Council; White Mountain Apache Tribe Permanent Land Restoration Fund; the Boeing Company. We welcome the participation, ideas, and contributions of people to preserve Fort Apache, increase others’ access to it, and enrich it as location of valuable cultural heritage.