Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Change Squaw Creek to Dragonfly Creek
Sanders County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description stream, 2.1 km (1.3 mi) long, in Lolo National Forest; heads at 47º20’09”N, 114º51’30”W, flows S into the Clark Fork, 5.9 km (3.7 mi) W of Quinns Hot Springs.
Location 47°19’11”N, 114°51’57”W
PLSS Location Secs 12-14,T18N,R26W
Proposal to change a name considered by some to be derogatory
Proponent Carol Juneau; Browning, MT
Not Squaw Creek
Administrative area Lolo National Forest
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 807047
Local Usage None found
Published Squaw Creek (USGS 1988, 1992; Sanders County highway map 1973)
me Squaw Creek is considered by some to be derogatory, and so the Montana HB 412 Advisory Committee submitted a proposal to change that name to Dragonfly Creek. The rationale for the proposed name was not provided. The 2.1 km (1.3 mi) long stream is located within Lolo National Forest west of Quinns Hot Springs and it flows south into the Clark Fork. There are no other features located in Sanders County named Dragonfly Creek.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Unknown
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Thursday, April 8, 2004
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - This proposal, to change the name of Squaw Creek, located in the Lolo National Forest in Sanders County, to Dragonfly Creek, was submitted by the Montana House Bill 412 Advisory Committee, which believes the current name is derogatory (see Attachment A, #1). A motion was made and seconded to approve the change.

Vote: 7 approve
0 against
0 abstentions

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