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Re: SUE.. what to do?
>From: San Diego Natural History Museum Library <libsdnhm@CLASS.ORG>
> It is the Sioux landowner who is calling the shots. Because he had ceded
> his land back in trust to be managed for his benefit, Interior has to
> manage the T. rex for the landowner's benefit.
Well, there is the issue as to whether he had sold the right to the
> ... Don't direct your suggestions at the White House. You don't have
> to convince anyone in the government of the immense scientific value of
> this, nor do you have to convince the Cheyenne River Sioux tribal
As I understand it, his suggestion was that the government *buy*
the specimen from the owner on the grounds that it is a national
As part of the compensation offered to him to induce him to choose
the Federal government as the purchaser, it was suggested that the
offer be sweetened by adding *continuing* income to it from continued
sales of plaster casts.
Suggesting *this* to the President is *entirely* appropriate.
It is a way to make the rancher happy - he got *his* money -
and to secure the specimen for scientific study at the same time.
I doubt any musueum, by itself, has enough money to outbid certain
private collectors. The US government *does* have that kind of
money. [Besides, *they* can keep part of the procedes of the
plaster cast sales as well, to offset the price]
The peace of God be with you.