First Lieutenant Charles Drew was appointed as U.S. Indian Agent to the Chiricahua Apaches at Fort McRae in 1869. Historians have characterized him as one of the best agents assigned to the tribe. The Chiricahua people, including Victorio and Loco, trusted Drew due to his efforts to attend to their needs and understand their perspective–something all too rare among Indian Agents in the American West at the time. Most importantly to the Chihenne, Drew supported their efforts to return to their beloved Warm Springs (Ojo Caliente) homeland.
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