February 20, 2009


Posted: 03:04 PM ET

NEW YORK - This week marks the 100th anniversary of Geronimo's death. Now, the Apache warrior's descendants are suing to recover his remains.

In Session anchor Jami Floyd

Geronimo was born and wanted to be buried in New Mexico. But he died a prisoner of war at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1909. According to legend, Prescott Bush, father of former president George Bush and grandfather of President George W. Bush, broke into the grave and made off with the skull, two bones, spurs and some other items personal to Geronimo. Skull and Bones, of course, is the name of Yale University's infamous secret society (Yale does not officially recognize the group, it is important to note). According to legend, Skull and Bones still have the remains.

Whether this is true or not, Geronimo's heirs have a right to know; and they have a right to the dignified memory of their ancestor. The disrespect demonstrated by Skull and Bones is disgraceful and completely out of place in the modern context of diversity and change. Our dishonesty, as a country, about our history is shameful - beginning with the slaughter of countless Native Americans, a genocide for which we have never fully compensated. We continue to disrespect native communities and culture with sports mascots that should offend us all, and with unsettling traditions, like the lore in which Skull and Bones is rooted. (These kids reportedly have a skull encased in a glass on display, and they call it Geronimo.)

I know the Apache story is complicated. Geronimo put up fierce resistance to white settlers, for nearly three decades. I know there are those who would not celebrate that history. But neither should we denigrate it.

-Jami Floyd, In Session anchor

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Geoff Kohl   February 21st, 2009 9:42 am ET

The remains of Geronimo are in a cemetery at Fort Sill. The control of the cemetery is by a Native American Apache tribe who have said they do not plan to have his remains moved. The moving of his remains is a discussion between the two tribes. The park service and/or Fort Sill have no control over this. Discussion regarding the Skull and Bones society only serve to foster the urban legend that Geronimo remains were somehow mysteriously removed from the large stone grave at Fort Sill. Get real.

seadog15   February 21st, 2009 10:37 am ET

I consider the Bush family nothing but "white trash", so this little rumor does not surprise me. Never mind Native American, we are human beings. We "trash" other countries for doing this, and yet we do it too. The respectable thing to do is to return his remains to his rightful family, this is no better than a hostage situation. A situation that has been tolerated for 100 years.
Our countries history is no better or worse than others. We preach "freedom and justice for all", yet fail miserably ourselves. Native Americans did not become "citizens until 1924. Can you imagine? Whoever has these remains needs to return them, period. This skull and crossbones society reminds me of nothing but a bunch of queers who are playing "fort". I have nothing against gays, just secret societies. Why are they secret? What are they hiding, or hiding from? You couldn't ask the Bush's to do anything as heroic as returning remains. They are nothing but a bunch of cowards and Nazi's. I hope the family wins the lawsuit, and if true sue the Bush family for continuing this horrible hostage situation.

Wayne Christie   February 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I pray you get them back . I consider GERONIMO HERO AND I AM NOT INDIAN

txkboy   February 23rd, 2009 11:42 am ET

This is easy. Your a lawyer. Seopena the leaders of the Skull and Bones and make them testify as to the validity of your claims. Put the speculation to rest and quit with the rumors and urban legends.

kathryn   February 23rd, 2009 4:05 pm ET

Who is the (lady) in the courtroom making signals to Mr. Brown?
This is being done while the sidebar is going on.
If I was the defense attorney, I would want the INSESSION tape.
Something smells.

Kuy   February 25th, 2009 1:28 pm ET

This business is disgusting. If there were even a hint that your grandfather's bones were stolen from his grave wouldn't you be pissed? The skull and bones society or what ever they call themselves should immediately hand over those bones for examination.

Rae Ann   February 27th, 2009 12:47 am ET

I am very new at ths blog thing but happened on this site for a reason The new's media thing is getting out of control with the woman that gave birth to her children. Please tell me what is wrong with giving birth....? The only reason we are hearing about this is because the news thought they could sell a story. Give this woman a chance! The little old lady in a shoe did it..... What a shame that people judge that haven't been there!

RayStegall   October 29th, 2009 4:16 pm ET

I read the story of Geronimo! I have some Indian Blood. For centuries the white people (of whom I am also part of) has disgraced the Indian nations by raiding their burial land and taking whatever they wanted with no regard to the white mans law or the Indians.
I think all of the bones and artifacts be given to the Tribe to be put in their proper place!

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