Don't know if I responded to your email of 2003 as my luck with message boards has not been the best.
Anyway, please let me know what you know about your parents and other ancestors as we could trace it back to Cochise if that was possible. Cochise had only two sons, only one had children and that was Niache. Several Niache descendants still live on the Mescelaro Reservation near the Ruidoso, and they could help confirm whether you are or not related to Cochise. On the other hand, Nino told a lot about Cochise and others that was inaccurate and of no historical value other than to further his own stories and people's interests in him.
Nino was not related to Cochise. The Chiricahua Apaches at Mescelaro agree 100 percent he was not related to Cochise in any way.
If you want to contact me further on this, please use info below rather than message board.
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