Geronimo’s family urge Bush to help return his remains

President Bush’s history with the Skull and Bones secret society is not so much a secret anymore, especially since the following public domain photo that shows him with is club mates is on Wikipedia and making the rounds on Digg. The Skull and Bones club obviously has a selective membership to remain a secret society, and other than it keeping Masonic-inspired rituals for 175 years, not much is known about it.

President Bush & Yale’s Skull and Bones Secret Society

But what still kinda remains a secret about the Skull and Bones is that they are believed have Geronimo, a iconic Native American’s remains. He was a leader of the Chiricahua Apache and spent 25 years of his life rebelling and resisting the encroachment of the United States on his tribal lands and people.

Even though I blogged about how the Skull and Bones have Geronimo’s skull and femur over a year ago — it didn’t make too many waves in the public relations, repatriation, and ethics department in the US. I haven’t heard about what’s going on with this issue until just now, when I was also catching up on Digg headlines. See, Geronimo’s relatives have gotten word that the Skull and Bones have Geronimo’s remains. That coupled with the fact that Bush is a Bonesman, motivated them to appeal to Bush to help return Geronimo’s remains.

Harlyn Geronimo, the great grandson of Geronimo, said in a letter to Bush,

“I am requesting his help in getting the remains – the skull and the femur – returned, if they were taken. According to our traditions the remains of this sort, especially in this state when the grave was desecrated … need to be reburied with the proper rituals. To return the dignity and let his spirits rest in peace … is important in our tradition.”

Unfortunately the White House has not yet returned with a comment nor decision. And Yale can’t even help because the Skull and Bones club is a separate entity from the university. But I urge people to voice their opinion and raise some awareness about this issue. Archaeologists in the US have to abide by federal NAGPRA laws when they conduct excavations on Indian and Native American sites, whether they like too or not, and I do not think the Skull and Bones club are an exception to this law, no matter how secret they are and how much political clout they have with Bush as a member.

I really hope Bush steps up to the plate and personally resolves this issue with Geronimo’s relatives. Descendants of the Apache are deserving of at least this level of response, especially considering their families were obliterated and their graves disgraced and robbed.

13 thoughts on “Geronimo’s family urge Bush to help return his remains

  1. I knew about the society from that movie “skulls” but I had no idea that the society had the remains of the great Geronimo. The society should return his remains to the family so that it can be put into a museum for all to witness. I myself have an interest for Geronimo. You see my grea-great-gradfather was an LT. for General Crook in his 6th division cavalry, he was in the campain for Geronimo’s capture. I would like to see a little something of my past displayed. Furthermore it is an American hero and should be view and learned by the people.

  2. I don’t know if private associations like that are bound to follow NAGPRA so I emailed the NAGPRA review committee and asked. I’ll let you know what response I get. I don’t think they should be repatriated only to be displayed in a museum – would you dig up Lincoln and display his bullet riddled skull in a museum as well? I think they should be given a proper Chiricahua Apache burial.

  3. Well said, Afarensis. I don’t share Isaac’s ethics on Geronimo’s remains to be displayed in a museum. People can learn a lot about him and his people without necessarily having to have his body as a tourist attraction. Geronimo is not an artifact. He was a person.

    The respectful and honorable end to this situation is to repatriate his remains back to his people, who will rebury him and give him the proper respect he deserves.

    I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you about what NAGPRA has to say. I don’t know either if private associations are bound to NAGPRA, but it is a federal law, and that should apply to everyone. No one is above the law, or at least that’s how it should be.

  4. I am requesting his help in getting the remains – the skull and the femur – returned, if they were taken.

    Wouldn’t it be prudent to establish if something is missing before demanding its return or lamenting its loss?

  5. It’s an essentially very dark, very sinister secret society who aren’t as a consequence particularly concerned with matters of morality. See here for a little glimpse of its inner nature.
    Ephesians 6:11,12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

  6. Hi there. I highly doubt those are true descendent’s of Geronimo because my family has proof of him being linked back to us and our family.

  7. Gernimo’s family has more rights to the remains then anybody in the world, they SHOULD give them back! Geronimo is NOT a dog in a pony act in the circus. This makes my blood boil! GIVE THE REMAINS BACK TO HIS FAMILY! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let Geronimo rest in peace! No wonder Geronimo KICKED the U.S. Armys butt!

  8. Hi, I was directly involved in the attempt to force Bush’s uncle to return Geronimo’s skull to the Apaches in Arizona back in 2000. We even tried to get McCain to help us and he did….the Bushes gave the Apaches a skull only it was tested by the University of Arizona and was a child’s skull. This was returned, over my loud objections, to the Bush family.

    Since that day, no word from them at all about this matter. But then, the Lightning Gods of the Desert are at the Gates of Death, waiting with Geronimo. I wouldn’t want to be any of the Bush Skull and Bones people, when I die, that is certain.

  9. One thing Ive heard that his spirit wont rest til hes together & on his home ground. Im told Im part Apache & am searching for relatives. They came from Michigan. You Apache Anon? I think it nice to have the chief with all his body parts.

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