Nah-deiz-az, aka: “Carlisle Kid” – Apache Outlaw


Nah-deiz-az, aka: “Carlisle Kid” (1865-1889) –  A so-called Apache “outlaw,” Nahdeizaz is often confused with the “Apache Kid.”

He was born along the Verde River in Arizona in 1865. When he was ten years old, he and his family were forced onto the San Carlos Reservation in southeastern Arizona in 1875. Nahdeizaz, along with many other Apache children was sent to the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, where 50 of them died. There, he picked up the nickname, “Carlisle Kid.”

Afterwards, he returned to the Arizona reservation and adapted to farming. However, in the early part of 1887 he got into a dispute with Second Lieutenant Seward Mott who oversaw the farming operations. The dispute festered and grew to a point that on March 10, 1887, he shot and killed the lieutenant whom he believed was trying to push him off of his land. Nahdeizaz surrendered, was tried and was sentenced to life in prison. He was first taken to the Yuma Penitentiary and later transferred to the federal penitentiary at Menard, Illinois. However, due to jurisdictional issues, he was returned to Arizona, where he was tried again in October, 1889, and this time was sentenced to hang. He was buried in the Globe, Arizona cemetery beside two white outlaws who had been lynched some years previously.


Kathy Weiser-Alexander, October, 2017.

Also See:

Old West Legends

Outlaws on the Frontier

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