“Liberal Indians think being anti-American is being more “Indian.” They don’t see how this alienates Indian youth. Liberal Indians destroy all natural aspirations of Indian young people, leaving them only closed doors and depression. Liberal Indians create the hopelessness which leads to the frightening suicide rates among Indian youth.” ~ David Yeagley, an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation.
Geronimo, 1829-1909, the famed and feared Apache warrior.
Liberal American Indians protest the use of the name “Geronimo” in the Bin Laden killing operation. They think they are standing up for American Indians, but they are shilling for white liberals. Contrary to their Indian chauvinist pretenses, they have betrayed and denigrated every sense of Indian honor, and no doubt contributed to the depression and alarming suicide rate among Indian youth.
Most of this Indian protest has a feminist base. Indians like Winona LaDuke (whose mother is Jewish) articulate the perfect irony of the modern American Indian predicament, but offer neither alternative nor solution. Instead, they offer only feminist-based outrage. They protest strength and the use of any image that represents it, like the Indian warrior mascot.
Just days after the president’s announcement of the Osama kill on May 1, LaDuke was killing Indian pride on the major liberal media outlets, saying the use of the name “Geronimo” in the U.S. Navy Seal operation to eliminate terrorist mass murderer Osama Bin Laden was nothing other than “the continuation of wars against indigenous peoples.” Endlessly lamenting the military use of Indian names and images, feminists like LaDuke quickly object to any association of the American Indian with anything aggressive or victorious.