Bin Laden Code Name Offends Native Americans

Some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Chief Complaint

Some Native Americans are calling for an apology from President Obama for the Navy Seals' use of "Geronimo" as the code name for Usama bin Laden during Sunday's raid.

Geronimo was a renowned Apache warrior in the 19th Century who fought against Mexico and the U.S.

Tribal chairman Jeff Houser sent an open letter to the president saying -- quote -- "...to equate Geronimo or any other Native American figure with Osama Bin Laden, a mass murderer and cowardly terrorist, is painful and offensive to our tribe and to all Native Americans."

The letter points out the House of Representatives honored Geronimo in 2009 for his extraordinary bravery and commitment to defend his homeland.

The Last Samurai

The Colorado man who gained notoriety for trying to hunt down bin Laden with a Samurai sword last year in Pakistan wants a piece of the $27 million reward.

Gary Faulkner says -- quote -- "I had a major hand and play in this wonderful thing... I scared the squirrel out of his hole... I'm very proud of our government... They were handed this opportunity on a platter from myself."

The State Department has said it won't comment on the reward money.

On Holiday

And finally, the European Commission has apologized for omitting Christian religious holidays from a school supplement it published for 3 million students.

An Irish priest had complained that the European diary for the current school year does not mention Easter or Christmas, but it does contain non-Christian holidays, noted in Sikh, Hindu, Muslim and Chinese festivals as well as "Europe day."

The Commission has since sent a one-page addendum showing the main public holidays of E.U. member states.

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