Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Change Squaw Reservoir to Buffalo Reservoir
Carter County, Montana

Status = Denied

Description reservoir, 38 m (125 ft) long, located in Custer National Forest, 5.3 km (3.3 mi) SE of Sykes Corner, 4 km (2.5 mi) SSE of Burditt Reservoir
Location 45°37’52”N, 104°15’12”W
PLSS Location Sec 25,T2S,R60E
Proposal to change a name considered by some to be derogatory
Proponent Carol Juneau; Browning, MT
Not Squaw Reservoir
Administrative area Custer National Forest
Previous BGN Action None
See also 38904
GNIS ID 799497
Local Usage None found
Published Squaw Reservoir (USGS 1993)
roposal was submitted by the Montana House Bill 412 Advisory Committee to change the name Squaw Reservoir, which is considered by some to be derogatory. The current name first appeared on U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps in 1993; the origin of the name is not known. The proposed new name is Buffalo Reservoir. The 38 m (125 ft) long reservoir lies in Custer National Forest, approximately 5.3 km (3.3 mi) southeast of the community of Sykes Corner and 4 km (2.5 mi) south-southeast of Burditt Reservoir. There are 110 features in Montana in which the name “Buffalo” occurs; two of these are streams named Buffalo Creek in Carter County.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Oppose
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Thursday, January 13, 2005
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - A motion was made and seconded not to approve this name change, citing the lack of support from the Montana State Geographic Names Board and the U.S. Forest Service, both of which suggested the word “Buffalo” is already widely used throughout the State.

Vote: 9 in favor
0 against
0 abstentions
The staff was instructed to encourage the proponent to submit an alternative replacement for the existing name.

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