Geronimo was a prominent Native American leader of the Chiricahua Apache who fought against Mexico and the United States for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. Allegedly "Geronimo" was the name given to him during a Mexican incident, but his real name was Goyaalé from the Chiricahua language meaning "one who yawns"; often spelled Goyathlay or Goyahkla in English.
His chief, Mangas Coloradas, sent him to Cochise's band for help in revenge against the Mexicans. Allegedly it was during this incident that the name Geronimo came about. This appellation stemmed from a battle in which, ignoring a deadly hail of bullets, he repeatedly attacked Mexican soldiers with a knife, causing them to utter appeals to Saint Jerome ("Jeronimo!"). Americans heard this and thought his name was Geronimo, and the name stuck.
After an attack by a company of Mexican soldiers killed many members of his family in 1858, Geronimo joined revenge attacks on the Mexicans and later against the United States. He became known for bravery and daring feats and was revered by the Apaches as a warrior with spiritual powers.
St. Jerome warned that those substituting false interpretations for the actual meaning of Scripture belonged to the “synagogue of the Antichrist”.
I don’t understand the controversy regarding Geronimo and Bin Laden. Geronimo was a Prominent Native American leader. His real name isn’t even Geronimo; it is Goyaale. Sure, he fought against the Mexicans and the Americans; but he was revered by his people as a Warrier with Spiritual Powers. He was named by Americans after hearing the Mexicans plead to Saint Jerome (Jeronimo in Spanish) who was a Saint known as a “Doctor (or Teacher) of the Church”. Geronimo fought his enemies. Bin Laden is the enemy. And it is believed that Bin Laden interpreted the Scripture falsely to justify his means.
If you choose to interpret “Geronimo EKIA” as a negative connotation, maybe you are looking for something to squabble about. No one said that Geronimo equals Bin Laden. I would think that the Native American population could choose to look at the phrase as something of which to be proud!