Texas Tech University

The Court Martial of Apache Kid



Book Description:

The Apache Kid, a U.S. Army Apache Scout, known to the Americans as the “Kid” was legendary for his tracking skills and many of the military owed him their lives. Yet in a fateful moment living in two worlds, while carrying out justice in his own tribal tradition, he was taken through the justice systems of the Americans – the military court martial, the federal Indian agent process and the local territorial court. Exhaustion of the courts' processes and exhaustion of patience with white man's justice, the Apache Kid, made his most famous stealth escape, never to be arrested again, despite the record-high reward offered for his capture. This documentary explores the actual court martial case through the original, never-before-published trial transcript with expert commentary from military law experts and perspectives from the descendants of the Apache Kid.


Author Bio:

Victoria Sutton, MPA, PhD, JD is the Distinguished Horn Professor and Associate Dean for Digital Learning and Graduate Education at Texas Tech University School of Law.

Prof. Sutton is Director of the Center for Biodefense, Law & Public Policy and founding editor of the Journal for Biosecurity, Biosafety and Biodefense Law. Her work was cited by the White House supporting an Executive Order to review the regulatory program for biodefense laboratory biosafety and biosecurity.

She is a member of the Lumbee Indian Tribe of North Carolina.

She has taught Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Global Biosecurity Law, Visual Advocacy and the Law, Indigenous Justice, American Indian Law, Environmental Law and International Environmental Law as well as a course in Native American culture and law in the TTU Anthropology and Archaeology Department. 

Prof. Sutton is a founding Member of the National Congress of American Indians, Policy Advisory Board, serving since 2005.

She served as the Native American Students Association advisor at Texas Tech University and at Yale University during her visitorship. She currently serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of TTULaw and leads the TTU Indigenous & Native American Circle on developing a certificate program for graduates and undergraduates and building community at TTU.