May 10, 2011, - 3:00 pm

Frickin’ ABSURD: Govt Agency Counsels Indians Over Bin Laden “Geronimo” Code

By Debbie Schlussel

Everyone in America needs to get a life . . . and a tougher skin.  That includes American Indian tribes, especially American Indian Health and Family Services in Detroit.  The government-subsidized organization is offering counseling for Indians “offended or hurt” by the use of Geronimo as the code word Navy SEALs used to signal that Osama Bin Laden was killed.  I kid you not.  Your tax dollars at work:

Ghost of Osama Bin Laden Laughing @ American Dumbassity

A local Native American organization is offering counseling to anyone who feels offended or hurt by the use of “Geronimo” as code name for the recent U.S. operation that killed Osama Bin Laden.

“Geronimo EKIA” (enemy killed in action) was the message that U.S. Navy SEALS sent to Washington officials last week to let them know bin Laden was dead.

But the code name upset many Native Americans since Geronimo is the name of a Native American warrior who many consider a hero, while bin Laden was behind the al-Qaida terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, that killed nearly 3,000 people.

“Geronimo’s name shouldn’t be used in a context like that,” Nickole Fox said Monday. Fox is director of health education at American Indian Health and Family Services, which is offering the service.

“He’s a hero among a lot of Native (American) people. It’s disrespectful to use his name like that.”

After “Geronimo” was revealed as the code name for the operation, Native Americans across the country expressed opposition. Some people changed their Facebook page picture to honor the Apache leader, while others called for a public apology from President Barack Obama.

The American Indian Health and Family Services in Detroit is asking anyone concerned about the continued use of Native American heroes in a negative context to come in. . . .

Michigan has the 10th-largest population of Native Americans in the country, with 55,000 living in Metro Detroit.

The American Indian Health and Family Services agency can be reached at (313) 846-3718.

My late father, an ophthalmologist, had many American Indian patients. Some were poor and couldn’t afford to pay. He treated them for free, and, sometimes, they gave him Indian trinkets and arrowheads, which he gave to us kids. He taught us about them and to respect their heritage, customs, and folklore. I still maintain that respect. But not for this kind of stuff, which is just plain absurd.

We know that American Indian Tribes– despite affirmative action, minority set asides, scholarships, huge government grants and subsidies plus a government agency, and wealth from casinos–consistently have high rates of alcoholism, poverty, high school drop-outs, etc.  Well, if American Indian Health and Family Services’ actions are any indication, maybe it’s because they have a warped sense of perspective and priorities.

If the SEALS had used the words “Judah Maccabee,” instead (which they’d never do because–out of respect of the faith of the hijackers and mass murderers of thousands of Americans, we can never mention those evil JOOOO people), I’d have been honored.

Get a clue, people.

By the way, I’m offended by the name of this Indian healthcare agency. Aren’t they supposed to call themselves, “Native Americans?”

With all this political correctness, I’m confused. Er . . . a “being within” is confused. I don’t want to offend myself by using the wrong standard personal pronoun.

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29 Responses

The only minority in the world not supposed to be offended are Jews.

If they get slapped across the cheek, they don’t make a fuss about it.

Even when they ARE really hurt, like the cowardice displayed by CUNY.

There’s one form of bigotry no one minds.

NormanF on May 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Norman, Christians aren’t allowed to be offended either. We are just expected to turn the other cheek and bend over backwards not to offend everyone else.

    DG in GA on May 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I am sorry, but the one and only group of people who don’t have any feelings are Southern red necks. I am a proud member of that group and can assure you that we are much put upon. As to Jews, they have many advocates that prevent adverse comments. We have none. We are also very much misunderstood. Our method of speech is commonly used in comedy. We have no voice in the government. When we tried to seek our freedom, our country was invaded, our wealth stolen, our homes burned and our businesses ruined. The moral justification for this was the elimination of slavery, which was not the defining issue by the president that started the war. The discrimination continues to this day. As you read this, you will say that I am a right wing Christian who is against abortion and poorly educated (I really can’t spell and don’t give a flip for grammer in comments). You will feel that I am anti-Semitic and lazy. Yet the opposite is true. Most Southern red necks are Libertarian and socially liberal (except for government controlling our lives and taxes). I know few who are racist, and most don’t understand the issue involving hating Jews.

    So in the pity contest, we win. And, we will continue to fight for our liberty.

    david7134 on May 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm

If I were a Native American, I wouldn’t be “offended” and “hurt” by our US Navy SEALS using the word “geronimo” when they hacked Osama to death last weekend. If I was Native American, I’ll be honored that the SEALS killed OBL, instead of being offended like a bleeding-heart moron. and it wouldn’t matter to me if the SEALS used the word “geronimo”.

So what about some sports teams with Native American names like the Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Braves, Bradley Braves, Florida State Seminoles, Central Michigan Chippawas (DS, correct me with the spelling of CMU’s nickname), Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, etc. Should those teams find different nicknames for their teams?

“A nation is defined by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on May 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm


    You forgot the Cleveland Indians. They are especially loved by NA’s because of their mascot “Chief Wahoo”. Over the years I’ve noticed the team using an “Indians” logo on the front of their uniforms (I think just on the home uniforms) that looks exactly like the Indian Motorcycle logo. I think if a court ever denies them their mascot the team will say that the name Indians refers to a brand of motorcycle and not NA’s so they can still use the name Indians.

    CornCoLeo on May 10, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Dear Debbie,

in my day job, I work with a lot of native Americans.

As a Psychiatrist (boarded and all).

Given the amount of child abuse, alcohol abuse, illiteracy, domestic violence, cannabis and meth and cocaine and opioid abuse, murder, depression, traumatic brain injuries, and schizophrenia, this should be real LOW on the list.

What amazes me is that they can funds for this crap, but getting a Native suffering from a TBI into appropriate care cannot be done well through IHS.

None of my patients have complained to me about being offended by the use of Geronimo in the OBL takedown. They have real problems to get through.

Occam's Tool on May 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I sounds like an agency needs a budget cut if they are this bored. The Indians who succeed in life are those who have left or have never been on a reservation. The Palestinian refugee camps are a good example of this phenomenon in a foreign context.
Perpetual dependency breeds multi-generational degradation. The recipients tacitly admit to a permanent inferiority, while the donor’s initial compassion evolves into a form of contempt.

Worry01 on May 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I am about done with all of this PC crap….everyone is so offended these days. People that need to be counseled because of this need another counselor afterward because they obviously have deeper issues. My great-grandmother was Native American and I am not offended…get over it people!

Angela04 on May 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm

As I recall; Geronimo wasn’t even his given name. Didn’t he say a prayer to St. Jerome (something like that) in Spanish and someone started calling him ‘Geronimo’ as a nickname? This is plain silly…

#1 Vato on May 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Oh brother! When I heard this I was like, “All aboard the USA fake-insulted/offended gravy train~whoo-whoo!”. Looks like the Indians have learned how to milk publicity and tax-dollars from the race pimps and CAIR. What a con game and I am not moved whatsoever.

What the hell will I say now when I jump out of an airplane next week? Hmmmm.

Skunky on May 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm

The U.S. Navy should say to these people, “Look, if we promise not to refer to Ayman al-Zwahiri as ‘Sitting Bull,’ will you just go away and let us do our job?”

Irving on May 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Poor babies.

pat on May 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I bet Goyathlay is laughing his ass off.

pat on May 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm

102 years after his death, I am certain he would be flattered.

#1 Vato on May 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I take great offense at the U.S. Navy calling their Special Ops force “SEALS”. It is wrong to kill people whilst invoking the name of one of our brightest, friendliest and cutest marine mammals (although they do bark loudly and often). I urge the World Wildlife Fund or Greenpeace to immediately take up this cause and STOP THIS DEFAMATION OF ANIMALS!

nailsagainsttheboard on May 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Is in any wonder that our country is circling the drain?

kenny komodo on May 10, 2011 at 11:27 pm

They should consider themselves lucky. Since the target was a towel-head he could have been code-named “Geronimohammed”.

CornCoLeo on May 10, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Yes, his real name is said to translate as “One Who Yawns”, which seems fitting for this story.

Preposteroso on May 11, 2011 at 4:56 am

They should have named that operation ‘Houri-sendoff’!!! Muzzies can’t complain that they were being sensitive, since they like denying everything about the virgins in the Qur’an, even though it’s there. And if that denial is taken @ face value just for humoring them, there is nothing anti-Islamic about referring to it as that.

Infidel Pride on May 11, 2011 at 6:58 am

The Seals should have substituted “Norm Chomski” for Geronimo.

tanstaafl (jw) on May 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

Why are Native Americans offended by the code name “Geronimo”? It was obviously a baseball reference, paying tribute to former Cincinnati Reds outfielder Cesar Geronimo.

IM4Israel on May 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Counseling Native Americans re Geronimo? You know, I am really waiting for the state, local and federal budget cutters to calculate how much money could be saved by reducing the number of counselors and social workers by at least 90%. They do more harm, as a whole, than good, reinforce political correctness and provide few, if any, useful services.

Little Al on May 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I don’t blame the injuns.

Forget smoking the peace pipe, they need to go on the warpath since white man speak with forked tongue.

I don’t blame Tonto for never trusting Kimo Sabe (or however you spell keemosobby).

This makes me think of “Hot Shots Part Deux.” The guys are jumping out of the plane shouting “Geronimo” and then Gerinomo jumps and shouts “Me!”

Jeff_W on May 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Have so-called Native Americans really been that sissified that just the use of the name Geronimo can turn them, into a quivering mas of tears, sobs and self-doubt? Pleeze!

JeffT on May 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm

They are not “Native Americans” anyway. They are First Americans. They just got here much sooner than everyone else.

bjr118 on May 11, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I agree that the only people in this country who nobody gives a flying phuck about offending are Jews and Southerners (OK, rednecks). As a matter of fact, it’s always open season on both, planet wide!

Bonzer Wolf on May 11, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Well, they’ve got to do something to justify their existence. This is as good as anything. Besides, historically, using the name name “Geronimo” was meant to imply bravery ie: jumping out of a plane or a headlong charge at the enemy. Sounds like there’s more “squaws” thans “braves”.

Paul on May 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    There it is! We have the answer! Geronimo was associated with bravery, now he’s associated with whimpy, whiny Barack Hussein Obama.
    Hell, I’d be pissed too!

    theShadow on May 13, 2011 at 1:19 am

I have a friend who’s an Apache Jew. And all the males in her family were or are Seals.

I swear. Her father is an Apache, her mother is a Jewish woman.

The daughter, my friend, is a blogger and former college athlete. She describes herself as a “proud Jew.”

BethesdaDog on May 12, 2011 at 12:57 am

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