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Re: SUE.. what to do?

Your intentions, and our intentions, and the government's intentions 
(believe it or not) are all good. But re-read the history of this case. 
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. Currently, the landowner 
sees this as primarily a financial benefit and Interior is legally bound 
to go along with what he decides if it is recognized in law as being for his 
benefit. 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 
council. No one except the landowner sees the sale of the T. rex as being 
anything except bleak....but the landowner calls the shots on this one.

Sally Shelton
Director, Collections Care and Conservation

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On Fri, 22 Sep 1995, Michael Edward Purvis wrote:

>   OK, folks.... this may be a rather bizarre idea... and it 
> may already have been suggested.. if so, my apologies.
>  There have been a few good suggestions as to a workable 
> solution to the problem of the disposition of Sue. My 
> favorite was to give her to the Smithsonian & pay Mr. 
> Williams a percentage of the revenue generated by selling 
> casts. 
>  Why don't we all suggest this to the government? If I 
> recall correctly (Feel free to jump in if I'm wrong), the 
> President's Internet address is president@whitehouse.gov.
>  What say we all send Email to that address (POLITE mail, 
> mind you.. :> ) voicing our concerns about the situation, & 
> suggesting the above idea as a solution. 
>  (No, I don't honestly believe that Pres. Clinton will see 
> even ONE of the messages.... but maybe it'll come to the 
> attention of someone in a position to possibly DO something 
> about it. After all.... Sue is (AFAIK) the most complete T. 
> rex ever found, and as such is an invaluable scientific 
> resource for this country. Letting her be sold on the open 
> market, probably to a private collector (possibly a foreign 
> collector, at that) and taking her out of the hands of 
> American scientists & educators... well, someone in the maze 
> of government might think that taking action to prevent that 
> from happening would make good campaign P.R..... )
>  Awaiting flames from those who dislike my idea.... :>
> -------------------------------------
> Name: Michael Edward Purvis
> E-mail: us009472@pop3.interramp.com (Michael Edward Purvis)
> Date: 06/23/95
> Time: 09:40:26
> "I really must stop loaning dinosaurs to folks.." :)
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