Monday, May 9, 2011
The following has been lifted from Wikipedia........
Geronimo (June 16, 1829 – February 17, 1909) was a prominent Native American leader of the Chiricahua Apache who fought against Mexico and the United States for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. Geronimo was the name given to him by the Mexicans but his real name was Goyaałé from the Chiricahua language meaning "one who yawns"; often spelled Goyathlay or Goyahkla in English.
After an attack by a company of Mexican soldiers killed many members of his family in 1858, Geronimo joined revenge attacks on the Mexicans and later against the United States. He became known for bravery and daring feats and was revered by the Apaches as a warrior with spiritual powers. In 1886 Geronimo was eventually tracked down by U.S. authorities and surrendered. As a prisoner of war in old age he became a celebrity but was never allowed to return to the land of his birth. He later regretted his surrender and claimed the conditions he made had been ignored. Geronimo died in 1909 after being thrown from his horse.
I am going to say here that I actually agree with the Indians on this one. Geronimo is one of their most respected heroes.
Consider if the code name referred to another successful and elusive warrior who took arms against the United States, say Stonewall Jackson?
Someone, somewhere really should think before they do these things. I don't think that this controversey is excessive PC as much as respect and courtesy.