Many Native Americans welcomed African Americans into their villages. Even as slaves many African Americans became part of a family group, and many intermarried with Native American. Thus, many later became classified as Black Indians.
Geronimo’s daughter, Lenna ca. 1900 was Bedonkohe-Mescalero and born 1886 at Fort Marion in St. while her father was a prisoner there. The medical staff named her Marion (after the fort) but she took the name Lenna.