Honor The Treaty of 1847Help To Restore The Rightful Comanche Powwow at Fort Martin Scott
Take action to bring back the the Comanche Powwow and to save Fort Martin Scott from being partially bulldozed for a proposed Texas Ranger Heritage Center by the Former Texas Rangers Foundation. By signing this petition, you are helping to save our cultural history and ensure the natural beauty of Fort Martin Scott and to help preserve it as an important link to our diversified past.
What does the petition stand for?
1. Honor The 150 year old treaty of friendship between the Comanche Nation and the German Settlers by restoring the Comanche Powwow
2. Stop the Former Texas Rangers Foundation from building their own museum on Fort Martin Scott property
3. Allow cultural and historical events to be held at Fort Martin Scott
The Comanche Nation thanks you!
To read all of the feedback we have received,
see Feedback Page
"When an entire nation failed to keep their promises and treaties with the native people of this land, a handful of brave German settlers and a group of honorable Commanche demonstrated what can be accomplished when people of two very different worlds work together."
"Have we waited 170 years to break the only treaty that was honored by both sides? Restore faith in America and keep the treaty, or close the fort and cast all history to the wind! Do not dishonor the tradition and legacy of Fredericksburg and its founders by denying the validity of the longest standing American treaty between nations."
~ Logan Hawkes
Corpus Christi, Texas
Bring back the POWWOW! I am appalled that there are people willing to partially bulldoze the Fort in order to build a duplicate museum. According to the online information, the cost and poor economic return is deterrent enough. However, the real shame in all of this is the willingness of some to sacrifice the history of our past and dishonor the Comanche Nation for so-called economic gain. We have visited the Fort with our families and learned a lot through this outdoor learning experience. We are also of German descent and take pride in knowing that the Germans and Comanches were willing to work together and create a treaty that has lasted for years.
~ Susan and David Espenlaub, Kerrville TX
In my time in the Army, I have told friends about this story. I'm very proud of it. People are surprised to hear that the powwow still happens. I wonder how many of these council members have roots as deep as I do in Gillespie county. This is a slap in the face to the original pioneers in this area. Disgraceful, spineless, and disgusting are a few words that come to mind. Y'all will have my support in word and deed.
~ Brad Bernhard
I know Fredericksburg and Larry Liles, Larry McCurtain, Charlotte McCurtain and many others from Comanche Nation more than 16 Years. I know the Powwow at Fredericksburg and felt all the time that the citizin of Fredericksburg were proud to honor the peace treaty of 1846 with such an event.
Even I´m not a Texan from Fredericksburg, only a German living at Schwalbach, al little town in Saarland, just nearby France and Luxemburg, but I know how important it has to beware friendship between to nation.
It´s more important to be aware traditions like the Powwow at Fredericksburg than a historical museum about the Texas Ranger especcially there is one at Waco.
~ Dillschneider Axel
My Great-great Grandfather was a Texas Ranger who fought to "protect" the settlers. I would rather he had been able to sit in Powwow with the Comanche and other 1st residents of this region. The people who sat together in 1847 should have everyone's respect and honour.
~ SL Rifat
Elk City, Oklahoma
I am Numunuh and Fredericksburg is ignorant to break a treaty with the Lords Of The Southern Plains!!
~ Billy Sellman
San Angelo, Texas
On Feb. 16, 2012 the Comanche Business Committee officially endorsed the effort of the Fort Martin Scott Museum Association in their effort of sustaining the history of the 1847 Treaty and culture of the Comanche Nation by their proposed action to memorialize the powwow grounds on the Fort Martin Scott historical site. Endorsement signers were: Johnny Wauqua, Edward Eschiti, Robert Tippeconnie, Ronald Red Elk, Yonevea Terry, Darrell Kosechequetah, and Robert Komahcheet Jr.
Thanks to Larry and Charlotte McCurtain, Fort Martin Scott has been the site of the Comanche family Chappabitty / Quassycheecky Powwow in past years.
This very popular event has offered the Native Americans a wonderful opportunity to continue their family connection to their own ancestors in this geographical area, as well as to allow locals and visitors in Fredericksburg a unique opportunity to learn and observe Native American culture.