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Mission Cemetery placed on National Register

A son has seen his mother's life work and a dark tale from the Comanche oral tradition validated by a recent announcement by the National Parks Service.

The Comanche Indian Mission Cemetery was officially listed Feb. 4 on the National Register of Historical Places as worthy of preservation, said Thomas Narcomey. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, formally recognized sites are protected by the Park Service.

"All Comanche members have a voice or right to speak for their deceased ancestors who are buried there and cannot speak for themselves," Narcomey said. "This is the first time that the Comanche Nation, represented by individual Comanche members, ever made a nomination to the National Register."

"This is a real important event," he said.

Narcomey's late mother, Gladys Totite Narcomey, had worked to secure the site's recognition since the 1950s, he said. She presented the nomination for the first resolution that requested action to the Comanche Tribal Council in 2007. It was approved at the end of the meeting, but questions about whether there was a quorum kept it from being followed through. He has since been an annual persistent presence at each April's meeting in attempt to have the resolution recognized so the tribe could back the effort. Perseverance through more than 7 years with the Comanche Indian Cemetery Association finally came to fruition in February. 

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