Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Dir. Loretta Tuell: Bin Laden Code Name Geronimo Inappropriate, SILENT on Civil Rights Abuses by Tribes Like Pechanga

Another brouhaha on the inappropriateness of using a Native American nickname for the mission against Osama Bin Laden.   Crickets chirping is all you'll hear on the human and civil rights abuses of tribes like:  Snoqualmie, Pechanga, Redding and Picayune among others.   Loretta, PLEASE direct your staff to look at ACTUAL abuses like APARTHEID, violation of voting rights, theft,  not minor naming issues.   PLEASE ask Senator Akaka to work on revising the INDIAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACT.

WASHINGTON – The top staffer for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is objecting to the U.S. military's use of the code name "Geronimo" for Osama bin Laden during the raid that killed the al-Qaida leader.

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

Loretta Tuell, staff director and chief counsel for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said Tuesday it was inappropriate to link Geronimo, whom she called "one of the greatest Native American heroes," with one of the most hated enemies of the United States.

EMAIL Loretta at: 
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