Onondaga Nation leaders criticize military use of 'Geronimo'

Leaders of the Onondaga Nation of New York say the U.S. military was wrong to use "Geronimo" as a codename in the mission against Osama bin Laden.

"This is a sad commentary on the attitude of leaders of the U.S. military forces that continue to personify the original peoples of North America as enemies and savages," the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs said in a statement. "The use of the name Geronimo as a code name for Osama Bin Laden is reprehensible."

"It’s typical," Sid Hill, the Onondaga Nation's spiritual leader, told The Syracuse Post-Standard. "Why would that be honorable to us?" he said of the military's use of the name.

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