Judge Dismisses Federal Lawsuit To Recover Geronimo's Remains

Federal Judge Richard Roberts has dismissed a lawsuit filed by 20 descendants of legendary Apache leader Geronimo to recover partial remains they allege were stolen by the Skull and Bones Society at Yale University.  Skull and Bones is famous for well-connected members such as both Presidents Bush, and the society's lore claims that the organization possesses Geronimo's skull.

The lawsuit alleged that Geronimo's remains were stolen in 1918 from his burial plot at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he died in 1909.  The decision to dismiss was based in part on the Judge's finding that the law under which the plaintiffs sought to recover the remains only applied to Native artifacts that were improperly appropriated after 1990.