Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Change Squaw Pass to Meyers Creek Pass
Sweet Grass County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description gap, point, located in the Custer National Forest and Gallatin National Forest, between Moccasin Lake and South Fork Meyer Creek; named in association with other features in the area named Meyer
Location 45°29’01”N, 109°59’11”W
PLSS Location Sec 16, T4S, R14E
Proposal to change a name considered by some to be derogatory
Proponent Carol Juneau; Browning MT
Administrative area Custer National Forest/Gallatin National Forest
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 791389
Local Usage None found
Published Squaw Pass (USGS 1996)
This proposal is to rename Squaw Pass, located in Sweet Grass County on the boundary between Custer National Forest and Gallatin National Forest, to Meyers Creek Pass. It was submitted by the Chair of the Montana House Bill 412 Committee. The proposed replacement name was suggested by the U.S. Forest Service, although the original application recorded the name as simply Meyer Pass (and the case was placed on the BGN’s Review List as such). The Forest Service has since clarified this, explaining that the intent was to name the feature Meyers Creek Pass, as it lies at the head of Meyers Creek, named for an individual named Meyers. The Forest Service has confirmed that the HB 412 Committee supports the use of Meyers Creek Pass, as
does the Montana Board on Geographic Names

.The Sweet Grass County Board of Commissioners is in support of the proposed change, as are the Montana State Historical Society, the State Board, and the U.S. Forest Service. A copy of the proposal was sent to the Crow Tribe of Montana, a Federally-recognized Tribe, but no response was received which is presumed to indicate a lack of an opinion.

The gap lies in the vicinity of four other features, a summit, two streams, and a community, named “Meyer”.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Support (Wednesday, April 12, 2006)
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Tuesday, June 6, 2006
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - A motion was made and seconded to approve this change.

Vote: 12 in favor
0 against
0 abstentions

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