They stole his name, Geronimo, a bad thing to do. Geronimo, the legendary warrior and leader of the Chiricahua Apache tribe, whose name they cavalierly besmirched and used as the code name for Osama bin Laden in the operation that was meant to, and did, exterminate him.
I suppose in a way it is ironically fitting in this land whose Original Sin was the genocide of millions of Native Americans, the First Americans, over decades of murders loosely justified by the arrogant belief of Anglo-Saxon Manifest Destiny.
Geronimo’s band was the last holdout against the United States military in present-day Arizona and New Mexico.
It’s thought that his skull and bones were stolen by the Yale society of the same name. after his death. (Prescott Bush, et.al.)
They called him Geronimo, but they killed him more like Crazy Horse.
I hope to follow with a poem soon. I was glad to see when searching for his history that the tribe is demanding an apology from Barack Obama.