2012

Obama Admin continues to compare Native Americans to al-Qaida

One blogger asks: "Is this all we are to this government? Useful demonizations and court anecdotes? "

By Native Press staff

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Lori shipping out from Texas

 

Geronimo was a hero. Osama was a terrorist.


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The code name for the operation to capture Bin Ladin was "Geronimo", the Indian who wouldn't surrender and whose tribe has yet to gain federal recognition.

Weeks after DOJ compared Al Queda to Seminoles in a court brief, Obama, whom the Crow tribe recognized as one of their own during the campaign, continues to demonize American Indians.

So the qsuestion becomes: how could President Obama allow such an important military operation in American history to become another slander against American Indians?


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Indeed, many American Indian leaders this week are remarking that Geronimo is no bin Laden. Unlike the terrorist, Geronimo was a warrior fighting for land and human rights. Osama bin Laden, on the other hand, was out to wipe out Western civilization, and a mass murderer, rather than trying to protect people or land.

Worse, the U.S. government's comparison fails to acknowledge the many American Indian warriors that followed in the footsteps of Geronimo fighting for this land and its people. What about the Navajo codetalkers, who received Congressional Medals of Honor. Does anyone remember Lori Piestewa?


Jessica Lynch and Lori Piestewa, deployment day, February 17, 2003.


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