The use of ‘Geronimo’ as Osama bin Laden’s code name in the raid that killed the terrorist leader Sunday will be discussed during a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing today on Capitol Hill.
The government has yet to comment on the story but staffers for the committee have said the use of the revered Native warrior’s name was ‘inappropriate,” the Associated Press reports.
NCAI president Jefferson Keel released a statement yesterday, saying the association of the two names needed to be addressed by that “Osama bin Laden was a shared enemy.” Read his entire statement at Indianz.com.
Senate official: Wrong to link bin Laden, Geronimo
By MATTHEW DALY, of the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON – The top staffer for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is objecting to the U.S. military’s use of the code name “Geronimo” for Osama bin Laden during the raid that killed the al-Qaida leader.
Geronimo was an Apache leader in the 19th century who spent many years fighting the Mexican and U.S. armies until his surrender in 1886.
Loretta Tuell, staff director and chief counsel for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said Tuesday it was inappropriate to link Geronimo, whom she called “one of the greatest Native American heroes,” with one of the most hated enemies of the United States.