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Tribe Leader Criticizing Use Of 'Geronimo' For Bin Laden

     The leader of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe is looking for a formal

apology from President Barack Obama for the government's use of the

code name "Geronimo" for Osama bin Laden.

     Tribal Chairman Jeff Houser asked for the apology in a letter

sent Tuesday to the president.

     The letter was posted Wednesday morning on the tribe's website,

and the tribe's administration confirmed it was from Houser.

Houser writes that his tribe was ecstatic to learn about bin

Laden's death but those feelings were tempered when members learned

that the code word used for the terrorist was the name of one of

the Oklahoma tribe's legendary warriors.

     Houser says equating Geronimo or any other Native American

figure with a "mass murderer and cowardly terrorist" is painful

and offensive.

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