Seminole Nation, I. T.
Corp. U. S. Indian Scouts
|HONORING CHIEF WILLIAM "DUB''
WARRIOR OF BRACKETTVILLE, TEXAS
HON. CIRO D. RODRIGUEZ
of Texas in the house of representatives
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Mr. RODRIGUEZ. Madam Speaker, I am honored to rise today to recognize
Chief William "Dub'' Warrior of Brackettville, Texas, a Historian and
Seminole-Negro Indian descendent of the John Horse Band, and commemorate the
distinguished service and loyalty of the Seminole-Negro
Indian Scouts to the United States Army.
Following the Civil War, the Army was called into west Texas to defend
settlements and travelers against retaliation raids from
displaced Apache and Comanche Indians. However, they lacked the ability to track
down and stop them. The Army needed experienced Indian
fighters who knew the rugged terrain and were as skilled as their opponents at
surviving and fighting in the desert borderlands. Thus, in
1870 the fearless Seminole-Negro Indians were recruited from Mexico as U.S. Army
scouts. They were highly regarded and praised by their
commanders for being excellent trackers, hunters and marksmen, and experts at
hand-to-hand combat. During twenty-six expeditions they
engaged in twelve battles without losing a single scout, and their bravery
earned four scouts the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Therefore Madam Speaker it is my great pleasure to rise and announce in
honor of these esteemed persons that the greater Washington, DC
chapter of the 9th and 10th Horse Calvary Association, in partnership with the
Army Freedom Team Salute and St. Elizabeth's Hospital of
Washington, DC, has planned a Seminole-Negro Indian Recognition Ceremony for
today, Friday, October 9, 2009 in the St. Elizabeth's
Hospital Chapel. Chief William ``Dub'' Warrior will be the keynote speaker for
this event. He is the descendant of Tony Warrior, who
collaborated with and assisted John Horse, leader of the Seminole-Negro Indians,
in the movement of their tribe from Indian Territory to
slavery-prohibited Mexico. Chief Warrior's grandfather, Carolina Warrior, and
great grandfather, Bill Warrior, were members of the
revered U.S. Army scouts.
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