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May062011

Geronimo Descendants Want Apology from President Obama

Hulton Archive/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- One of the descendants of Apache Chief Geronimo is waiting for an apology from the White House.

"Geronimo" was used as a code name by Navy SEALs when they signaled that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a raid on the al Qaeda leader's compound in Pakistan this past Sunday

In a statement to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Harlyn Geronimo, a great grandson of the Native American warrior, said associating his ancestor's name with the world's most wanted fugitive was "a grievous insult."

Besides demanding an apology from President Obama or Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Harlyn Geronimo, who served two tours in Vietnam with the Army, wants "this use of the name 'Geronimo'" expunged "from all the records of the U.S. government."

The matter will be taken up by committee lawmakers who were participating Thursday in a meeting already scheduled to discuss "the impact of racist stereotypes on indigenous people."

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