Beringians Whine About Osama-Geronimo Link

Fort Apache leader Jeff Houser

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will discuss the news that Osama bin Laden was given the codename ‘Geronimo’ by US Special Forces after leaders of the Beringian-American community whined about it.

“To equate Geronimo or any other Native American figure with Osama bin Laden, a mass murderer and cowardly terrorist, is painful and offensive to our Tribe and to all native Americans,” wrote Jeff Houser, chairman of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe, in a letter to US President Barack Obama.

While the Pentagon has not confirmed that US Navy Seals used the codename ‘Geronimo’ for bin Laden, and the operation to kill him, every media outlet in the world has reported it as fact.

Houser said the use of the codename was based on “misunderstood and misconceived historical perspectives of Geronimo and his armed struggle,” and demanded a formal apology from Obama, reports Reuters.

“What this action has done is forever link the name and memory of Geronimo to one of the most despicable enemies this country has ever had,” he wrote.

“Unlike the coward Osama bin Laden, Geronimo faced his enemy in numerous battles and engagements,” Houser said.

In response, Senate Indian Affairs committee, chaired by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI), will host the hearing titled “Stolen Identities: The Impact of Racist Stereotypes on Indigenous People,” which will be webcast live at 2:15 p.m. EDT.

Loretta Tuell

Chief council Loretta Tuell said the meeting will discuss “the linking of the name of Geronimo, one of the greatest Native American heroes, with the most hated enemy of the United States.”

Tuell said the committe will use American tax dollars to mull over “these inappropriate uses of Native American icons and cultures.”

“The impacts to Native and non-Native children are devastating,” she said.

Reuters included the bizzare parallels between the two infamous icons:

Geronimo was an Apache warrior leader who fought for tribal lands against U.S. and Mexican forces in the 19th century and who, like bin Laden, evaded capture for many years. He was held as a U.S. prisoner of war from the time he was captured in 1886 until his death in 1909.

Other Beringian-Americans were upset over the codename, too.

Geronimo

“Geronimo wasn’t a terrorist, he was a good man, he spoke the truth about the white man and what they did to his people … He wasn’t like that (bin Laden) at all,” said Chester Rodriguez, 55, an Apache from Arizona.

Jefferson Keel, president of the National Congress of American Indians, said in a statement that “to associate a native warrior with Bin Laden is not an accurate reflection of history, and it undermines the military service of native people,” reports The LA Times.

The Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs in New York state said using the codename was “reprehensible,” “illogical and insulting.”

“The name Geronimo is arguably the most recognized Native American [sic] name in the world, and this comparison only serves to perpetuate negative stereotypes about our peoples. The U.S. military leadership should have known better,” the Council wrote in a statement.

15 comments

  • The Beringians did not complain when the Black-Panther murderer Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt also known as “Geronimo ji-Jaga” coopted this Beringian name. Oh Yeah, he’s a BRUVA who killed the palefaces, so that’s OK.

  • p.s.- Jeff Houser looks Irish. POG MO THOIN!!

  • chief thunderthud

    Kowabonga! Me go-em on war path!

  • This whinning has been going on for such a long time. There is a significant group that will claim to be insulted at just about anything. Like a movement that got the word “squaw” removed from streets, mountains, lakes, and businesses etc.

    Naming a resturant “Cracker Barrel.” Now there’s an insult. It shows insensitivity to all those barrels out there.

  • You compare people to barrels??Nice…How would you like to have the media call you and say, how do you feel about them using your grampas name for osama??Of course you are not going to like that..Geronimo was a hero unlike the others you speak of. He has living family members that should be angry at the press for releasing something like that and harassing them to begin with….

    • They didn’t complain when a black white-murderer Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt coopted the name. SELECTIVE INDIGNATION. Unless, of course, they agree with the aims of the Black Panthers “offing the pigs”.

  • Oh, and indians WEREN’T murderers?!? Yeah, right… Look, we’ve been paying, both literally and figuratively for the indians for over a century – quitcherbitchin and quit whining every time you may feel ‘slighted’. Since you CLAIM, erroneously I might add as the Celts were here way before you, to be “Americans” , start acting like one and quit taking cues from the africans playbook.

  • It is incredibly funny to me that you would use the word “whine”, after all TRP spends a good portion of each programing whining about liberals and conservatives in general are still crying about Jimmy Carter and BIll Clinton. However, let’s back up a from this irony for a moment. Native Americans have a right to be sensitive. Geronimo, was a great leader and a freedom fighter. The state I live in has named a town after him. Bin Laden was a mass murderer. It won’t hurt the American government to issue an apology to the Native Americans. We have after all won a great victory.

    • Gerronimo was no “freedom fighter” he was damn terrorist, no better than bin Laden, and the only good thing that can said about either of them is that they are D-E-A-D!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I could take you more seriously if you actually knew anything about history. I guess you consider Sitting Bull a “terrorist” as well. So, now let me get this straight a man who defends his land and his people against a foreign invader is a terrorist. The American government broke just about every treaty it made with the Native Americans, massacred women and children, desecrated grave sites, killed their food source and way of life, and worse (all of which is historically documented). Yet when the Native Americans fought back you call them “terrorists”? Better get your boy John to check your “facts”.

  • Two points please:

    1) White guilt – those claiming to be oppressed minorities often attempt to extract pity from whites because of the sins of thier forebearers. I laugh when try to manipulate me. Like nearly all the white people I know here in NY, we are decendants of immigrants form Germany, Ireland, Italy, etc who came here generations after slavery and the Indian wars. Note: my grandparents from Germany and Austria never owned slaves or killed any Indians.

    2) Legacy gulit – for those whose ancestors committed crimes against anyone or any peoples, Why should they feel gulity? I wouldn’t put you in jail because you great grandfather stole a horse. Would I? I’m tired of hearing about what someone’s great-great-great granfather did to your great-great-great grandfather.

  • There are great Americans who were American Indians: Jim Thorpe, Billy Mills (Olympic Gold-medalist), the Navajo Code Talkers of Iwo Jima. They are great Americans, unlike these griping Beringians!!!!!!!!

  • hey john and frank I HEARD THE SHOW NEWS FLASH FYI=== there are over 2 million pistol carry permits in new york state if you lived in buffalo. rochester, binghamton any place upstate if u have a clean record and 3 people to vouch for you with proof of citizenship. After a full background check you will get a permit! Why don’t U guys in NYC know this?

  • if they had enough guns, they would do a little more then whine and the first one they would get would be the one who says they “whine”

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