Geronimo’s Remains to Remain with Skull and Bones: Judge Dismisses Lawsuit
ANGLO AMERICA, 16 August 2010
by Grant Lawrence – TRANSCEND Media Service
Imagine if some club had George Washington’s skull and used it as a source for amusement and weird rituals.
Americans would be outraged and demand justice for the disrespect paid to the father of their country.
It has been reported that George W. Bush’s Yale Skull and Bones Society uses the skull of Geronimo for their college rituals. Skull and Bones, out of respect, should apologize and turn the skull over to the descendants of Geronimo.
Instead they refuse to do what is right by hiding behind the law.
Recently a judge threw out the lawsuit by the descendants of Geronimo, a great Apache Indian leader, asking for his remains to be returned and buried in New Mexico.
.…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….(source: telegraph.co.uk)
The judge threw out the lawsuit because the law protecting Native remains in America only pertained to those taken after 1990. Also the judge said that the suit failed to establish that the government waived its right not to be sued without its consent.
In other words, here is another example where the law is doing what it is meant to do. The law is meant to protect the rich and powerful at the expense of those that have neither wealth nor power. The justice system is generally a sham and a scam set up to appear as if there is justice.
It is an outrage that the sacred remains of a great leader will continue to be used as a play thing for parties and rituals of the super rich.
I live and work among the Navajo, cousins of the Apaches. I can tell you how much they respect the remains of the deceased and will not even disturb ancient Pueblo and Anasazi ruins. They understand that it is right to show respect to ancestors, even if it is not your own.
Unlike the Navajo, the law in this country only respects the wealth of the powerful.
Grant Lawrence works as a school counselor and mental health counselor in Gallup, New Mexico.
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