Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Change Squaw Creek to Leckrone Creek
Lincoln County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description stream, 7.2 km (4.5 mi) long, in Kootenai National Forest, heads 3.7 km (2.3 mi) S of Brush Mountain at 48º11’23”N, 115º23’04”W, flows SE to enter Fisher River 6.4 km (4 mi) NW of Fritz Mountain; named for Glen Leckrone (1927-1982), who for many years owned a cabin near the mouth of the stream
Location 48º08’42”N, 115º19’29”W
PLSS Location Secs 33,28,29,20,17,18&34,T28N, R29W
Proposal to change a name considered by some to be derogatory
Proponent Thomas Scow; Port Aransas, TX, and Charlene Leckro
Not Squaw Creek
Administrative area Kootenai National Forest
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 791379
Local Usage None found
Published Squaw Creek (USGS 1935, 1966, 1978, 1983; USFS 1985; Lincoln County highway map, 1958)
This proposal is to change officially the name of Squaw Creek in Lincoln County to Leckrone Creek, to remove a name that is considered by some to be derogatory. It was submitted by the Montana H.B. 412 “Squaw Name Change Committee”, on behalf of the students of Libby High School, as well as a member of the Leckrone family and a resident of Port Aransas, Texas. The name Squaw Creek has appeared on Federal maps since 1935.

The name Leckrone Creek would honor Glen Leckrone (1927-1982), who for many years leased a cabin near the mouth of the stream. He was well known for his love of nature and his extensive knowledge of the area around Squaw Creek. He was a longtime member of the Libby Rod and Gun Club and “spent many years working for the community” and “helping out with almost all community events”. The proposal included letters of support for the change to Leckrone Creek from Montana Governor Marc Racicot, from the Commissioners of Lincoln County, and from the Plum Creek Timber Company which owns much of the land in the valley of Squaw Creek. When asked to comment, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation responded that they were not in support of the proposal, citing “a desire to retain tribal placenames in our aboriginal territory”. The Director of Tribal Preservation indicated the Tribes would be submitting an alternative proposal, but when none was received, the H.B. 412 Committee voted to recommend approval of the change to Leckrone Creek. The BGN staff, citing the comments from the Salish and Kootenai, offered that group another opportunity to comment, but no response was received within the timeframe offered. Letters seeking input were also sent to the Kalispell Business Committee and the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council, both of which are Federally-recognized, but again, no response was received. The Montana Board on Geographic Names, citing a lack of objection from the State’s Trust Land Management Division and the support of the Water Resources Division, has recommended approval of the change. The U.S. Forest Service also supports the proposal.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Support
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Wednesday, October 1, 2003
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - This proposal, submitted by the Montana House Bill 412 “Squaw Name Change” Committee, is to change officially the name of a stream in Lincoln County. The existing name is considered by some to be derogatory. The name Leckrone Creek would honor Glen Leckrone (1927-1982), who for many years leased a cabin near the mouth of the stream (see Attachment B, #7). A motion was made and seconded to approve this new name.

Vote: 8 in favor
1 against
0 abstentions

The dissenting vote was cast in the belief that the replacement name should be more appropriate to the original name.

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