Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Change Squaw Creek to Cheawalk Creek
Sanders County, Montana

Status = Withdrawn

Description stream, 10.4 km (6.5 mi) long, heads in Lolo National Forest, 1.6 km (1 mi) W of Round Top Mountain at 47°38’45”N, 115°17’03”W, flows NW then W to enter Clark Fork 11 km (7 mi) SE of White Pine; “Cheawalk” is the Coeur d’Alene word for “to peel bark off a tree”
Location 47°39’23”N, 115°23’52”W
PLSS Location T22N, Rgs30&29W
Proposal to change a name considered to be derogatory
Proponent Chief J. Allen; Plummer, ID
Not Squaw Creek
Administrative area Lolo National Forest
Previous BGN Action None
See also 39622
GNIS ID 791378
Local Usage None found
Published Squaw Creek (USGS 1978, 1988, 1992; Sanders County map, 1958)
roposal is one of thirteen submitted by the Chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. The features all lie within the Tribe’s aboriginal territory, but this is the only one in the State of Montana. The Tribe believes the current name, Squaw Creek, is derogatory and should be changed. The new name, Cheawalk Creek, would recognize the Coeur d’Alene word that means “to peel bark off a tree.”

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