Male Apachean with a breechcloth
The Apache Tribe

Apache Government

         Small groups of Apache families traveled together long ago. These groups had their own leader. They would sometimes camp near other groups. The small groups joined together were called bands. Bands make up the Apache nation.
         The nation did not have a central government. Each band had their own treaties, an official agreement between governments, with the U.S. government.
          The U.S. did not understand the Apache system. This caused problems between the two. Now, each Apache reservation has their own tribal council, who makes decisions for the reservation, lead by a chairperson.