Codename Geronimo: Offensive to Native Americans?

Thursday, May 05, 2011

"Geronimo" — that was the codename given to America’s most hated man, the world’s most hunted terrorist, and the object of one of our most high profile military missions ever. But now, many are taking issue with the United States government associating Osama bin Laden with an iconic Native American leader. And the Fort Still Apache Tribe in Oklahoma is asking President Obama for an apology. We talk with Jeff Houser, Tribal Chairman of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe.


Jeff Houser

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [3]

Mari Ann Ree

I refuse to believe that my President of the United States both know the history of the indians in general, and the history of Geronimo in particular, and still decided to use the name Geronimo for this mission. If he did, he needs a vacation. He has a tough job where he has to go far beyond his ideals, principles, values and ethical heartfelt wishes.

May. 08 2011 02:39 PM
Catchy from New York City

I listened to the program and really am having a hard time agreeing. Geronimo is also a given name in some latin american countries so while the native americans might feel they are offended, I doubt that people currently living with this name are as offended.
It's just a code name!

May. 07 2011 09:41 AM
Mark Trail from Natch, CA

Clearly, code name "Zachary Taylor" would have been a far less tone-deaf choice. They couldn't just call him "Osama" because they would have lost valuable time apologizing for accidentally saying "Obama." It happens even to us ultra-liberals.

May. 05 2011 08:56 AM

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