Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) on Thursday called it “unfortunate” that the Obama administration used “Geronimo” as the mission accomplished code word in the campaign that took out Osama bin Laden.

Akaka, who chairs the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said many tribes, Native American leaders and veterans have written him this week, dismayed at using the name of Geronimo, who was an Apache leader in the 19th Century.

“This victory has otherwise united our country, and it is unfortunate that this code name was chosen,” Akaka said, according to prepared remarks for an oversight hearing this afternoon.

“That Native Americans have concerns over the unintended impacts of connecting the name of Geronimo with Osama bin Laden, in the face of their overwhelming sense of patriotism and service, only highlights the need for the larger discussion we are having today,” Akaka said.

Earlier this week, Senate Indian Affairs Committee staff director Loretta Tuell criticized the use of “Geronimo” in the bin Laden operation, saying it was inappropriate to link Geronimo with the former Al Qaeda leader and mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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