Should Obama apologize to the Apaches for using the code name "Geronimo" for the operation to kill bin Laden?
The Fort Sill Apache Tribe leader is demanding that President Obama apologize for the government's use of the code name "Geronimo for terrorist Usbama bin Laden.
Tribal Chairman Jeff Houser asked for the apology in a letter sent Tuesday to the president.
"We are grateful that the United States was successful in its mission against Bin Laden, but associating Geronimo's name with an international terrorist only perpetuates old stereotypes about Apaches," Houser wrote.
"In the 1800's, Geronimo and the Chiricahua Apache people were portrayed as savages," he added. "This portrayal was used as justification for the forced removal from their homelands and their subsequent imprisonment. Linking Geronimo's name to an infamous terrorist only reinforces this false and defamatory stereotype."
The letter was posted Wednesday morning on the tribe's website, and the tribe's administration confirmed it was from Houser.