Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Change Squaw Creek to Hagerty Creek
Glacier County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description stream, 11.7 km (7.3 mi) long, in the Blackfeet Indian Reservation; heads 6.8 km (4.2 mi) SW of Freezeout Flat at 48º52’15”N, 113º10”12”W; flows NE to the North Fork Milk River, named for Wright Hagerty (1900-1972) and his wife Grace Hagerty (1904-1981), early ranchers in the area
Location 48°56’56”N, 113°04’45”W
PLSS Location Secs 1,2,10,11,15&36,T36N,R12W and Secs 20& 29-31,
Proposal to change a name considered by some to be derogatory
Proponent Lorraine Rumney; Blackfeet Indian Reservation, MT
Not Squaw Creek
Administrative area Blackfeet Indian Reservation
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 777128
Local Usage None found
Published Squaw Creek (USGS 1968)
ream proposed to be renamed from Squaw Creek to Hagerty Creek is located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, in Glacier County. The current landowner, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe, proposed the name Hagerty Creek to the Montana House Bill 412 “Squaw Name Change” Committee. The new name would honor Wright Hagerty (1900-1972) and his wife Grace (1904-1981), who were early landowners and part of a prominent ranching family on the Reservation. The 11.7 km (7.3 mi) long stream heads approximately 6.8 km (4.2 mi) southwest of Freezeout Flat, and flows northeast into the North Fork Milk River. The Blackfeet Tribal government, the Glacier County Commissioners, and the Montana H.B. 412 Committee all recommend approval of the proposal, as does the Montana State Board on Geographic Names. No other features in the county are known to apply the name “Hagerty”.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Support
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Thursday, December 11, 2003
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - This proposal, submitted by the Montana House Bill 412 “Squaw Name Change” Advisory Committee, is to change the name of Squaw Creek on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation to Hagerty Creek. The proposed name Hagerty Creek honors an early ranching family in the area (see Attachment A, #2). A motion was made and seconded to approve the change. Note: one member was absent from the room when the voting took place.

Vote: 11 in favor
0 against
0 abstentions

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