The decision to rename places with the word “squaw” in them — 43 locations in Wyoming — will be made without any input from the state of Wyoming due to a process set-up by the Dept of Interior.
The prospect of changing landmark names in Wyoming to remove the word “squaw” — like “squaw teats” — is being met with sighs of relief from two Indian culture experts in Wyoming.
Months of work by the Wyoming Board of Geographic Names to address a Park County landmark containing the word “squaw” has been bypassed by an order from the U.S. Department of Interior.
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“Squaw Teats” — the controversial name for a pair of buttes in Park County — and more than 40 other Wyoming locations with the word “squaw” in it will soon by renamed by the Department of Interior.
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While a state board has postponed a decision on whether to rename Squaw Teats, the Biden administration may do it for them.