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Geronimo.

When the Obama administration sent 24 Navy SEALs into Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan, “Geronimo” was the code name for the mission. It was also the code the SEALs used to alert their commanders that they identified their target; and finally “Geronimo-E KIA” was the coded message to confirm that they had killed Bin Laden.

Tonight, Mike and Mark speak with Professor Jim Craven / Omahkohkiaaiipooyii (Big Bear Speaks), a life-long Native American activist, a Professor of Economics at Clark College, Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences about the Obama Administration’s use of “Geronimo” as a code word for Osama Bin Laden, and its’ historical significance.

Professor Craven also talks about cultural differences between China and the U.S., their attitudes towards each other, and the issues that keep the two in a very unsteady balance.

Then: When ex-marine Jose Guerena, a two-tour veteran of Iraq, was shot 60 times on May 5th by an Arizona SWAT team, the Pima County Sheriffs Department immediately made the Search Warrant for marijuana that led to the slaughter of this young man a “secret.” We’ll explore the questions about this warrant that mainstream media is afraid to ask.

About the guest:

Professor James M. Craven, a dual U.S. and Canadian citizen, is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Blackfoot Nation. His Blackfoot name is Omahkohkiaaiipooyii. For more than 30 years, he has taught economics, geography and ethnology from undergraduate to post-doctoral levels. A professor of economics at Clark College, Craven/Omahkohkiaaiipooyii is a consulting and visiting professor of economics at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, where he serves on the editorial board of the journal “International Critical Thought.”

Additionally, he has been a guest lecturer at Yunnan University in the province of Yunnan and at the Minzu University of China. Located in Beijing Minzu University has been described as the most prestigious of China’s 13 “minzu,” or “nationalities” institutions, serving students from minority groups. Founded in 1911, Tsinghua University, China’s second oldest and largest university, is considered by many to be the premier sciences university in the country. Its graduates include many members of China’s current leadership.

Meeting with members of the Government of China as well as leading Chinese educators, Craven/Omahkohkiaaiipooyii has participated in discussions related to international education, national minorities in China, and U.S.-China relations.

He served as a Tribal Judge dealing with Indian Residential Schools atrocities (of which his own mother was a victim) on a UN-NGO-supported Tribunal in Canada, and has represented Blackfoot in Canadian courts.

Craven/Omahkohkiaaiipooyii has taught in the United States, Europe, India, Puerto Rico, Canada and parts of Asia. In addition to English, he speaks six languages and is currently learning Mandarin Chinese. He has been featured in various Marquis ”Who’s Who” publications including “The World”; “America”; “The West”; “Science and Engineering”; “Finance and Industry”; and “American Education.”

Related links:
What inspired Hitler – a column by Jim Craven

The Killing of Jose Guerera – an expert commentary by Mike Levine

Jim Craven lecture at Clark College:
Bridging Cultural Ties and Understanding:
International Education Within and from China
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