Nez Perce Native Blasts Use of "Geronimo" in Bin Laden Raid

Posted by George Prentice on Wed, May 4, 2011 at 9:44 AM

A member of the Nez Perce tribe and chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee is blasting the code name used for Osama Bin Laden in the commando assault that killed him: "Geronimo."

"We've ID'd Geronimo," U.S. forces reported by radio Sunday to the White House. Later word came that "Geronimo" was dead.

Geronimo was an Apache leader of the 19th century, who spent many years fighting the Mexican and U.S. armies until his surrender in 1886.

"These inappropriate uses of Native American icons and cultures are prevalent throughout our society," said Loretta Tuell, native of the Nez Perce. "The impacts to native and non-native children are devastating."

Tuell grew up on the Nez Perce reservation in north-central Idaho.

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