Homer Beatty grew up in Cibecue, Arizona, where the culture is rich in Apache traditions in a family that practices traditional healing and ceremonies. He carries on the oral stories as one way of teaching the Apache culture as well as through the beautiful songs he sings at ceremonies, cultural events and pageants for diverse audiences. Mr. Beatty has traveled throughout Arizona with the Apache Cultural Advisory Group sharing his knowledge on endangered medicinal plants and as a cultural advisor on the effects of proposed construction projects. He is one of the oldest Apache medicine men and practitioner of Apache traditions for the people of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.
Mr. Beatty is a veteran of the Korean War where he received a Purple Heart. He served on the White Mountain Apache Tribal Council for two terms in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The 2014 AILTA Event to honor Mr. Beatty was on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona