The Story of Millie Durgan * Beyond “The Searchers”

American West, captives, estrangement, history, John Wayne, journalism, Kiowa, kiowa warriors, Millie Durgan, Native Americans, Rainy Mountain KCA Cemetery, Rainy Mountain Kiowa Baptist Church, The Lawton Constitution, The Searchers

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I was fortunate enough to be able to share this amazing story of a Kiowa captive. Sure, it’s been told before but this was to be the first time told from the Native American side of things. If you’ve ever seen “The Searchers,” this is its source story … but way cooler.

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A rare photo of Millie Durgan late in her life. She was taken in 1864 from her Texas home at 18 months and lived a lifetime as a Kiowa woman before passing in 1934.
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The Legend of Millie Durgan

BY SCOTT RAINS/STAFF WRITER SRAINS@LAWTONCONSTITUTION.COM

The tale of Millie Durgan is one woven from the fabric of many stories.

Elements have been told through time, including in the noted book “The Searchers,” which inspired a movie that starred John Wayne.

But Candy Kauley Morgan, a descendant of Millie Durgan…

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