The Onondaga Council of Chiefs says Geronimo, who died in 1909, was arguably the most recognized Native American name in the world and a hero to American Indians. They say using it as the code name for the world's most famous terrorist leader perpetuates negative stereotypes about Indians.
Fort Sill Apache Tribal chairman Jeff Houser, the leader of Geronimo's tribe, sent a letter to Obama asking for a formal apology for the government's use of the revered figure's moniker as a code name for bin Laden.
The White House referred questions on the matter to the Defense Department, which said no disrespect was meant to Native Americans.
The department wouldn't elaborate on the use of "Geronimo," but said code names typically are chosen randomly.