American Indian groups offended over Bin Laden’s death, sort of

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It seems that some American Indian groups, which in my opinion are not really representative of the people they claim to represent, are offended over the use of the code name ‘Geronimo’ for Osama Bin Laden in the recent military operation which led to his death.

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is speaking out against the use of Geronimo’s name for the bin Laden op.”These inappropriate uses of Native American icons and cultures are prevalent throughout our society, and the impacts to Native and non-Native children are devastating,” said Loretta Tuell, staff director and chief counsel for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. 

Steven Newcomb, a columnist for the weekly newspaper Indian Country Today, called the use of the freedom fighter’s name disrespectful. “Apparently, having an African-American president in the White House is not enough to overturn the more than 200-year American tradition of treating and thinking of Indians as enemies of the United States,” he said

I’ve said this before but I think the American Indian community as a whole has more important issues to deal with than a code name used in an operation to kill one of history’s greatest monsters. Not to mention I don’t think that President Obama and The Joint Chiefs sat around trying to come up with a code name that would intentionally be offensive to American Indians. It’s not like the code name was “We scalp ’em fire water casino”.  Personally I wish his codename would have been “Mass murdering fuckface in a ditch covered in petrol on fire” but that would be a little too long.