Fort Sill Apache Tribe not allowed in Geronimo lawsuit
A federal judge won't let the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma intervene in a lawsuit over the reburial of the remains of Apache warrior Geronimo.

But Chairman Jeff Houser said the tribe will continue to file amicus briefs in the case. The tribe doesn't want Geronimo moved from his grave site in Oklahoma unless all of his descendants come to an agreement.

"We still support removing the remains if the entire family agrees to it, but if they don't support it, we don't support it," Houser told The Las Cruces-Sun. "It's not something Apaches typically do, despite the claims of the plaintiffs."

Harlyn Geronimo, a member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe of New Mexico, wants his great-grandfather reburied in New Mexico. Geronimo was born and raised in southern New Mexico.

But other family members, including Lariat Geronimo, another great-grandson, say the remains should stay put in Oklahoma.

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