Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Change Squaw Lake to Indian Woman Lake
Beaverhead County, Montana

Status = Withdrawn

Description lake, 200 m (656 ft) by 120 m (394 ft), in Beaverhead National Forest, 2.4 km (1.5 mi) WNW of Foolhen Mountain, 13 km (8 mi) S of the community of Fishtrap
Location 45°45’27”N, 113°13’20”W
PLSS Location Secs 9&16, T1S, R13W
Proposal to change a name considered by some to be derogatory
Proponent Carol Juneau, Browning, MT
Not Squaw Lake
Administrative area Beaverhead National Forest
Previous BGN Action None
See also 39101, 39102, 39202, 39203, 39301, 39618, 39619
GNIS ID 791383
Local Usage None found
Published Squaw Lake (USGS 1962, 1990; USFS 1962)
This proposal was submitted by the Montana HB 412 Advisory Committee. The proposed name, Indian Woman Lake, would replace the current name Squaw Lake, which is considered by some to be derogatory. The current name has appeared on Federal maps since 1962. Senator Dan Harrington and Senator Bea McCarthy, both of Montana, are in support of the proposed change. The lake, which is 200 m (656 ft) long and 120 m (394 ft) wide, lies in Beaverhead County and within Beaverhead National Forest, 2.4 km (1.5 mi) west-northwest of Foolhen Mountain and 13 km (8 mi) south of the community of Fishtrap. No other features in the State are currently named Indian Woman Lake.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Oppose (Wednesday, March 8, 2006)
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - awn -- see DCN minutes of 11/9/2006

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