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From "Andrew C. Oliver" <>
Subject Re: Use of "Geronimo" as a project name
Date Tue, 19 Aug 2003 03:04:14 GMT
On 8/18/03 10:54 PM, "Andrew Oliver"
Andrew C. Oliver
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> Hello,
> One of the principal concerns I heard about the "Geronimo" name is that it was
> insulting to Native Americans.  Therefore I contacted the first advocacy group
> for Native Americans that I found on the net (googled on Native American
> advocacy and clicked around).  This was the reply.
> -Andy
> ------ Forwarded Message
> From: "info" <>
> Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 16:59:20 -0400
> To: Andrew Oliver <>
> Subject: Re: Use of "Geronimo" as a project name
> Andrew Oliver writes:
>> Dear Sir, 
>> I'd like to solicit your assistance.  The Apache Software Foundation is
>> planning to create an AppServer called "Geronimo".  There has been some
>> debate as to whether this would be offensive to Native Americans.  While I
>> realize its impossible to say how any particular Native American would feel
>> about the name, I'm hoping you can provide some general feeling as to
>> whether it would be better to pick another name and/or avoid Native American
>> mascots for projects in the future.
>> I appreciate any assistance you can lend or any pointers to the correct
>> advocacy groups.
>> Thanks, 
>> Andy 
> Hello Andy, 
> My name is Beth Brownfield and I am the Regional coordinator of HONOR at the
> new Minneapolis, MN office.
> Thank you for your inquiry.  HONOR believes it is up to American Indians to
> use American Indian names and logos.  Thank you for contacting us and for
> being sensitive to this issue.
> Are you a member of HONOR?  Have you seen our brochure on the logo issue.
> If you would like I'll send you our new HONOR brochure and the logo
> brochure, but will need your mailing address.
> Sincerely,
> Beth Brownfield
> Regional Coordinator, HONOR
> ------ End of Forwarded Message

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