The Yale secret society Skull and Bones does not have to return the remains of the Apache warrior Geronimo to his descendents for proper burial. According to an article in the New Haven Register:

The lawsuit was filed last year in Washington, D.C., by 20 descendants [of Geronimo] who want to rebury Geronimo near his New Mexico birthplace. It claimed Skull and Bones members took remains from a burial plot at Fort Sill, Okla., where Geronimo died in 1909.

Judge Richard Roberts last month granted a Justice Department motion to dismiss, saying the plaintiffs failed to establish that the government waived its right not to be sued.

What remains unaddressed is whether or not Skull and Bones, which is rumored (particularly in some rather interesting works of popular culture) to totally rule the world, actually possesses the remains of Geronimo.

It’s probably worth pointing out that neither Judge Roberts (B.A. Vassar, J.D. Columbia) nor U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (B.A. and J.D., Columbia) are Bonesmen. [Image of Skull & Bones building via]

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer