The story of Geronimo and the Chiricahua mirrors what happened to other Native American peoples to a great extent.
As American settlers pushed into all parts of the country, they put more and more pressure on all Native American groups. The Chiricahua were no exception. As with many other groups, they were pushed onto reservations. As with many other groups, conflict broke out as white settlers wanted more and more land. The Chiricahua were like many other Native American groups and were not always willing to remain on their reservations. All of these issues led to conflict between the Chiricahua and the United States. There were atrocities committed by both sides. All of this culminated in the wars between Geronimo and the Chiricahua and the US.
In these ways, the story of this group is very much like the story of other Native American groups in the United States.