The descendants of Geronimo have sued Skull and Bones, Yale's secret society, claiming that members stole the remains of the legendary Apache leader years ago. The secret society, linked to past presidents and the powerful, including both Bush presidents, as well as Senator John Kerry, reportedly dug up Geronimo's grave when a group of Army volunteers from Yale were stationed at the fort during World War I, taking his skull and some of his bones.
"Descendants of the Apache Indian leader Geronimo are suing the government, Yale and a powerful secret society in hopes of returning his remains to New Mexico. Geronimo’s great-grandson Harlyn Geronimo said the descendants believe members of a secretive Yale group, Skull and Bones, took some of the remains from a burial plot in Fort Sill, Okla."
- New York Post, 2/18/09
"Geronimo's great-grandson Harlyn Geronimo said his family believes Skull and Bones members took some of the remains in 1918 from a burial plot in Fort Sill, Okla., to keep in its New Haven clubhouse, a crypt. The alleged graverobbing is a longstanding legend that gained some validity in recent years with the discovery of a letter from a club member that described the theft." - The Huffington Post, 2/18/09
"'If remains are not properly buried, the spirit is just wandering, wandering, until a proper burial has been performed,' the 61-year-old great-grandson said, speaking slowly, emotionally. After two tours in Vietnam he became a sculptor and an actor. 'The only way to bring this to a closure is to release the remains and his spirit, so that he can be taken back to his homeland.'"
-The Washington Post, 2/18/09
Geronimo was one of the last Indian leaders to battle the U.S. Army. He outfoxed the Army so often that it put 5,000 soldiers into the hunt for him and his last band of three dozen warriors. He was finally captured, and died while a prisoner of war at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Yesterday was the 100th year anniversary of his death.