Apache, Lipan of United States


People Group Info

Total Population: 6,205

ROP3 Code: 105793
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Lipan Apache - (apl)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: United States

Status of Christianity


No Longer Unreached

GSEC Level: 4

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Majority Located Where

  San Carlos, AZ - 3,000

  Mescalero, NM - 2,100

  McAllen, TX - 1,100

Present-day Apache, Lipan people reside in Texas, New Mexico and the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona, as well as with the Apache, Mescalero people on the Mescalero Reservation in New Mexico. They also reside in suburban and urban areas in the southeast United States.

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Brief Profile

The Apache, Lipan people are one among five Apache people groups in the United States. In the mid-1700s, the Commanche scattered Lipan from Texas throughout many areas causing them to form various Lipan bands. They were also among the more important subgroups of Apaches in Texas. Their name means "Warriors of the Mountains."

In addition to Texas, the Apache Lipan consist of many different bands residing on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona, as well as with the Apache, Mescalero people on the Mescalero Reservation in New Mexico. They also reside in suburban and urban areas in the southeast United States.

Known for their traditional songs, the Lipan still adhere to many customs and manners of their past ancestors. One song, the Rainbird Song, celebrates the right to puberty.

Sacred symbols, in the form of objects, are extremely important among Lipan. They are often worn to ward off evil forces and serve as mediators between the sacred and secular. Hence, religiously, the majority of Lipan seek peace through sacred objects, not realizing that true peace is found in the the one and only mediator Jesus Christ.

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Prayer Points

  • Pray that the Apache, Lipan people will experience a personal relationship with the living God through Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for the few evangelical Apache, Lipan people (numbering less than 3%) to share boldly their faith in Christ with both other Lipan and Native American peoples.
  • Ask God to raise up Christians who will pray for and work among the Apache, Lipan ministering to both their felt and spiritual needs.

Resources

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Native Americans - Worldview and Trends
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesMcAllenMcAllen-Edinburg-Mission-BrownsvilleTX1,100
United StatesMescalero NM2,100
United StatesSan Carlos AZ3,000