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A lawsuit filed by descendants of the Native American chieftain Geronimo, who claimed some of his remains were stolen in 1918 by the secretive Skull and Bones society of Yale University, has been dismissed by a federal judge.
The lawsuit was filed last year in Washington by 20 descendants who want to rebury the Apache warrior near his New Mexico birthplace.
It claimed that during the First World War, Skull and Bones members, including Prescott Bush, the grandfather of former US President George W Bush, took the remains from a burial plot at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where Geronimo died in 1909.
Judge Richard Roberts last month granted a Justice Department motion to dismiss, saying the plaintiffs did not establish the government had waived its right not to be sued without its consent.
He also dismissed the lawsuit against Yale and the society, which is not officially affiliated with the university, saying the plaintiffs cited a law that applies only to Native American cultural items excavated or discovered after 1990.
A YALE University historian has uncovered a letter written in 1918 that seems to lend validity to the lore that Yale University's ultra-secret Skull and Bones society stole the skull of the American Indian leader Geronimo.
The letter, written by one member of Skull and Bones to another, says that the skull and some of the Indian leader's remains were spirited from his burial plot in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to a stone tomb in New Haven that serves as the club's headquarters.
Skull and Bones legend has it that members - including President George Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush - dug up Geronimo's grave when a group of army volunteers from Yale were stationed at the fort during World War I. Geronimo died in 1909.
The letter, written by Winter Mead, says: "The skull of the worthy Geronimo the Terrible, exhumed from its tomb at Fort Sill by your club … is now safe inside the [tomb] together with his well worn femurs."
Originally posted by Grey Magic
After seeing this picture recently this doesn't surprise me.
I am sick of this crap.