Indian Country network calls for Geronimo support

AP News
Posted: May 05, 2011 7:48 PM
Indian Country network calls for Geronimo support

A media network aimed at Native Americans is urging social network users to change their profile pictures to an image of Geronimo in honor of the legendary Apache warrior.

Indian Country Today put out the call to its Facebook and Twitter followers Thursday in response to the U.S. military's use of Geronimo as a code name for Osama bin Laden.

It asks followers and others to use the photo for the next two days to "honor the true spirit" of the 19th century warrior.

Geronimo profile pictures started popping up at the beginning of the week, after details of the raid that killed bin Laden came to light. The code name also prompted statements of disapproval from tribes, a call for President Barack Obama to apologize and scores of angry comments on social network sites.

At a hearing Thursday, tribal leaders told Congress that comparing Geronimo to a terrorist tarnished the raid's achievement.