By Julie Steinberg
“I find the association of Geronimo with bin Laden to be highly inappropriate and culturally insensitive,” said Tom Udall, a Democratic senator from New Mexico who conducted the hearing.
Suzan Shown Harjo, the president of The Morning Star Institute, an organization that promotes Native rights and research, said that for Geronimo to be “compared to a terrorist and called an enemy is shocking.”
The hearing received a dose of star power from Chaske Spencer, who plays Sam Uley in the “Twilight” fantasy-romance films. Spencer, who is Native American, said he was the target of racism as a child and also had a hard time finding parts that weren’t just “feathers and leathers” roles. He also condemned the use of the name Geronimo, saying that “we need to be more conscious of the associations we make.”