Geronimo descendant sues Skull and Bones

For those of you who don’t know, The Order of the Skull and Bones is a secret society at Yale University.

It’s basically a fraternity of rich dorks with the concomitant hush-hush rumors of dark rituals and political intrigue, which features in a fair few conspiracy theories along with the Freemasons and Illuminati.

Well, one of the hush-hush rumors is that initiates are made to kiss a skull, possibly the skull of the great Apache warrior Geronimo, stolen from his grave in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, by a cadre of rich dorks including Prescott Bush, father and grandfather of a couple of former US presidents, while stationed at the Fort during World War I.

Harlyn Geronimo wants the truth, and has filed suit against Yale, Skull and Bones, President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Army Secretary Pete Geren to get it.

It has long been rumored that several of Yale’s “Bonesmen,” including, by one account, Prescott Bush, father of one Bush president and grandfather of the other, robbed Geronimo’s grave and brought back his skull and femurs, and his horse’s bit and saddle horn, to the Tomb.[...]

Harlyn Geronimo’s lawyer is William Ramsey Clark, who served as U.S. attorney general under Lyndon Johnson. Clark brought the action under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

The suit seeks to “free Geronimo, his remains, funerary objects and spirit, from 100 years of imprisonment at Fort Sill, Okla., the Yale University campus in New Haven, and wherever else they may be.”

Harlyn wishes to reinter Geronimo’s remains in his ancestral lands, so he wants Fort Sill as well as Skull and Bones to cough up any remains they might have.

The Apache tribe disagrees. They don’t want Geronimo’s grave disturbed and they don’t think the rich dorks really dug him up at all. There’s no physical evidence of desecration. The rich dorks could have grave-robbed anyone or even just stolen a skull and two femurs from the science lab and pretended they were Geronimo’s.

The only evidence in the case comes from a 1918 letter recently uncovered in the Yale Archives, but it was written by someone who was not at Fort Sill, so although contemporary, it’s still circumstantial.

The letter was written on June 7, 1918, by Winter Mead ’19 to F. Trubee Davison ’18. It announces that the remains dug up at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, by a group that included Charles C. Haffner Jr. ’19 (a new member, or “Knight”), have been deposited in the society’s headquarters (the “Tomb”): “The skull of the worthy Geronimo the Terrible, exhumed from its tomb at Fort Sill by your club & the K — t [Knight] Haffner, is now safe inside the T — [Tomb] together with his well worn femurs[,] bit & saddle horn.”

But at best that indicates that some Bonesmen (yes, that is what they call themselves; like I said, rich dorks) thought the bones were Geronimo’s, not that they are, and let’s face it, the odds of any these guys having been sober at the time are slim to none.

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Comment by Col. Jim
2010-04-04 20:35:51

Ilived on the Old Post of Ft. Sill, Okla. for 7 years 1942-1949 and became quite familiar with the location of Geronimo’s grave as a young Boy Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow. I seriously doubt that these rich dorks from Yale would have found the grave in those days. Even in the early 40s it was difficult to find since it was all by itself in the woods not far from Medicine Creek. There was nothing else around the grave which looked then, just like it looks in the photos today, except it had a 3 or 4 foot hight wrought iron fence around the pyramid of stones. It was usually partially hidden by underbrush and the woods with no roads or trails nearby. Part of our initiation in the Order of the Arrow was to sleep within the fence by ourself for one night. It looks like they have made a cemetery of the area now, but there was only that one grave in the 40s at that densly wooded area. –Col. Jim

Comment by livius drusus
2010-04-04 20:53:18

Ooh, fascinating! Thank you so much for your eye-witness testimony. Do you know if it was so thickly forested 30 years earlier?

Quite an intimidating Order of the Arrow initiation, by the way. I think I would have been scared witless.

 
 
Comment by mskamalalewis@gmail.com
2011-07-10 14:39:24

:cry: They not only robbed these people bgraut disgrace someone’s.If these people were left alone hundreds of men women and children would not have been killed.They were not men but killers.

 
Comment by brainworm 322
2013-05-20 23:14:02

:skull:
by simply calling them “rich dorks” you dismiss them as being incapable of doing the things theyre accused of. especially given the levels of power these people have risen to. these “rich dorks” run the world. while they may be rich and im certain at least some of them are dorks its pretty stupid to be so underestimatitive and dismissive to this obviously (at least half way intelligent) group of power players.
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