Human Skull College Mascot Given to Native American Tribe

skull and bonesA human skull, which once-upon-a-time served as Albany College’s mascot, was long-ago seized by the sheriff’s department for investigation. The skull was brought to show-and-tell by a grade school boy in 1984, where it was reported to authorities and became part of a decades-old cold case.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Department recently re-examined the case and in doing so, they believe they’ve traced the skull back to its days for the Albany College Pirates, where is served as the skull in the skull and cross bones display.

It’s impossible to know where the skull came from for sure, because the institution moved to Portland, Oregon in 1943 and is now known as Lewis and Clark College, but what we do know is that professionals at the University of Oregon have determined that the skull most likely belonged to a Native American woman. Upon the discovery of this information, the skull was given to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde for proper care.

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde wish to provide the human remains with a long overdue, ceremonial burial so this person can finally rest in peace.

Am I the only one who wonders why the Albany Pirates didn’t just dress someone up as a goofy swashbuckler and call it good?








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