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On the surface this seems to be impressive: A Haole man is set to apologize on an EBay bulletin board. (Even then... WTF? If the apology was sincere then he would apologize to Hawaiians but how many Hawaiians are online and/or use EBay? Not very many. Seriously LOL) I am known to be brutally honest.... Get fucking real. The ONLY reason why he is apologizing is because it is a federal crime to sell this skull under NAGPRA as well as under other pseudo-protective laws because we all know that indigenous people are not protected. (Instead they have to protect themselves.) ANYWAY I doubt he is sincere and I hate to be even more brutally honest but it's human to want to make money off things. Don't need to lie about it so he can save his apology. I don't need nor want it and it's not as though it will stop people from offending Hawaiians *LOL* The Truth is that it's all about the money and he GOT CAUGHT trying to sell it on EBay. It makes me laugh. Anyway here is the article:


Online seller of skull to apologize:

The California man says he did not intend to offend Hawaiians


Staff and news reports

LOS ANGELES » A man who tried to sell the 200-year-old skull of a native Hawaiian warrior on eBay was sentenced yesterday to 600 hours of community service and ordered to publish an apology in several Hawaii newspapers.

Jerry David Hasson of Huntington Beach must also pay more than $13,000 and post the same apology on an eBay bulletin board dedicated to archaeological memorabilia.

Hasson pleaded guilty in January to a federal charge of engaging in interstate commerce with illegally unearthed archaeological items.

Hasson, 56, told U.S. District Judge Howard Matz that he tried to sell the skull because he had been diagnosed with cancer and needed more money.

"I wasn't aware, I wasn't knowledgeable about how Hawaiians feel about native remains," Hasson said in court.

John Fryar, a special agent with the Bureau of Indian Affairs who investigated the case, has said Hasson obtained the skull when he visited Kaanapali Beach on Maui as a teenager in 1969, at a time when Whalers Village, a shopping center, was being built.

He had sneaked onto the beach with friends and found an entire skeleton -- but only took the skull, Hasson wrote in his original posting on eBay.

Fryar said Hasson decided to sell it after he saw the prices human skulls were getting on the Internet.

In February 2004, he started the bidding on eBay.com at $1,000 and set an immediate purchase price of $12,500, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.

Along with a picture of the skull, a description of it ran on eBay that said the skull came from "one of King Kamehameha's bloody battle sites in his war to unite the Hawaiian Islands in the 1790s."

A native Hawaiian saw the offering and told Hasson to remove it, which he did.

Edward Halealoha Ayau, a spokesman for Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawaii Nei ("group caring for the ancestors of Hawaii"), a native Hawaiian organization involved in the repatriation and reburial of native Hawaiian remains and artifacts, said he e-mailed Hasson that selling a skull was illegal under federal laws.

Fryar later contacted Hasson about the skull. Hasson told him that although he'd removed the ad from eBay, he was now offering the skull directly to "a handful of bidders."

In a detailed affidavit, Fryar said that after being alerted to the sale, he started posing on the Internet as an interested buyer from New Mexico named John Garcia.

Hasson allegedly e-mailed Fryar that he had recently learned that the auction of the skull was offensive to native Hawaiians and he had chosen to take it off eBay and sell it privately, the affidavit said.

Fryar's affidavit said Hasson related that his attorney had said that if he gave the skull as a gift, he might not violate laws.

The affidavit details the negotiations Fryar alleges he had with Hasson.

It says Hasson suggested that Fryar or a friend buy a comic Fanzine online for the price of the skull, and "then I will GIFT to you the skull. That way there's no connection whatsoever."

Fryar agreed to buy a Fanzine, believed to be worth about $20, for $2,500. Hasson sent the skull Federal Express to Fryar.

The skull will be returned to Hawaii with a portion of the money from Hasson's fee.

Seen at http://starbulletin.com/2005/05/24/news/story2.html





Then in another article the author alleges that he was told to apologize in Hawai'i newspapers. Well which one is it? LOL Thus my skepticism:

Skull seller fined, told to apologize

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A man who tried to sell the 200-year-old skull of a Native Hawaiian warrior on eBay was sentenced yesterday to 600 hours of community service and ordered to publish an apology in several Hawai'i newspapers.

Jerry Hasson of Huntington Beach, Calif., must also pay more than $13,000 and post the apology on an eBay bulletin board on archaeological memorabilia.

Hasson, 56, told U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz that he tried to sell the skull because he had been diagnosed with cancer and needed money.

"I wasn't aware, I wasn't knowledgeable about how Hawaiians feel about native remains," Hasson said in court.

Hasson took the skull from an archaeological excavation near a Maui beach in 1969.

He had sneaked onto the beach with friends and found an entire skeleton — but only took the skull, Hasson wrote in his original posting on eBay.

A Native Hawaiian saw the offering and told Hasson to remove it. An undercover agent with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs later contacted Hasson. Hasson told him that although he had removed the ad from eBay, he was offering the skull directly to "a handful of bidders."

Hasson pleaded guilty in January to a federal charge of engaging in interstate commerce with illegally unearthed archaeological items.

The skull will be returned to Hawai'i.


Seen at http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2005/May/24/ln/ln12p.html

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