Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Change Squaw Peak to Morning Star Peak
Sweet Grass County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description summit, elevation 2,826 m (9,273 ft), Custer National Forest and Gallatin National Forest, 1.1 km (0.7 mi) S of Boone Mountain, 2.4 km (1.5 mi) W of the head of Lower Deer Creek
Location 45°30’59”N, 110°02’31”W
PLSS Location Sec 24,T27N,R34W
Proposal to change a name considered by some to be derogatory
Proponent Carol Juneau; Browning, MT
Not Squaw Peak
Administrative area Custer National Forest, Gallatin National Forest
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 791391
Local Usage None found
Published Squaw Peak (USGS 1951; USFS 1951)
ntana HB 412 Advisory Committee submitted this name change. The current name Squaw Peak is considered by some to be derogatory. The 2,826 m (9,273 ft) high summit is located in Custer National Forest and Gallatin National Forest, approximately 1.1 km (0.7 mi) south of Boone Mountain and 2.4 km (1.5 mi) west of the head of Lower Deer Creek. The current name has appeared on U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps and U.S. Forest Service maps since 1951. No reason has yet been offered for the selection of the name Morning Star Peak. There are currently six other features in the State of Montana that apply the name “Morning Star” and four that apply the spelling “Morningstar”, although none are in Sweet Grass County.

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 Peak, located in the Custer National Forest and Gallatin National Forest in Sweet Grass County, to Morning Star Peak, was submitted by the Montana House Bill 412 Advisory Committee, which believes the current name is derogatory (see Attachment A, #2). A motion was made and seconded to approve the change.

Vote: 7 approve
0 against
0 abstentions

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