Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Change Squaw Creek to Burned-over Ground Creek
Lake County, Montana

Status = Withdrawn

Description stream, 6.9 km (4.3 mi) long, in Flathead National Forest and Swan River State Forest; heads at 47°45’59”N, 113°47’51”W, flows NW to enter Swan River 4 km (2.5 mi) NE of Woodward Point; the name is from the Salish word N-pa-a N-shee-yet-kws, meaning “burned-over ground”
Location 47°48’15”N, 113°50’15”W
PLSS Location Secs 30&31, T24N, R17W, Sec 36, T24N, R18W, and Se
Proposal to change a name considered by some to be derogatory
Proponent Carol Juneau; Browning, MT
Not Squaw Creek
Administrative area Flathead National Forest/Swan River State Forest
Previous BGN Action None
See also 39606
GNIS ID 791374
Local Usage None found
Published Squaw Creek (USGS 1965, 1994; USFS 1982; Lake County highway map)
roposal was submitted by the Chair of the Montana House Bill 412 Advisory Committee to rename Squaw Creek in Lake County. The existing name, which has appeared on U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps since 1965, is considered by the Committee to be derogatory. The proposed replacement name, Burned-over Ground Creek, is the English translation of the Salish name for the feature, N-pa-a N-shee-yet-kws.

Domestic Names Committee Discussion - awn -- see DCN minutes of 11/9/2006

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