Quanah Parker (c. 1845 or 1852 – February 20, 1911) was a mixed race, war leader of the Quahadi ("Antelope") band of the Comanche nation. He was born into the Nokoni ("Wanderers") band, the son of Comanche chief Peta Nocona and Cynthia Ann Parker, an Anglo-American, who had been kidnapped as a child and assimilated into the tribe. Following the apprehension of several Kiowa chiefs in 1871, Quanah emerged as a dominant figure in the Red River War, clashing repeatedly with Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie. With whites deliberately hunting American bison, the Comanche's primary livelihood, into extinction, Quanah eventually surrendered and peaceably led the Quahadi to the reservation at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
|I do not talk English very much… I go down Washington… Government wants to open the Indian country. Indian he no ready yet, maybe half of it, they ready. That’s what I come for. That’s what I tell commissioner.||Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism|
|I have told all the secretaries and commissioners that if anything was done to open up our country for settlement, the government should see to it that more land per capita be given us because our country is not a good farming country and we should have to get our supplies from raising cattle.||Minorities & Women|
|No like Indian school for my people. Indian boy go to Indian school, stay like Indian; go to white school, he like white man. Me want white school so my children get educated like whites.||Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training|
|Tell the president that the buffalo is my old friend, and it would make my heart glad to see a heard once more roaming around.||Humor ;Environment & Environmentalism ;Animals|