Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Change Squaw Nipple to Deer Point
Yellowstone County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description summit, elevation 1,005m (3,297 ft), located 9.2 km (5.7 mi) N of Huntley, 1.5 km (0.9 mi) N of Razor Creek; the name is a translation of Uuxialattash, the traditional Crow Indian name for the feature
Location 45°58’59”N, 108°18’10”W
PLSS Location Sec 25,T3N,R27E
Proposal to change a name considered by some to be derogatory
Proponent Sharon Peregoy; Crow Agency, MT
Not Squaw Nipple, Uuxialattash
Administrative area None
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 777133
Local Usage None found
Published Squaw Nipple (USGS 1956)
A resident of the community of Crow Agency, who believes the name Squaw Nipple is derogatory, submitted this proposal to Montana’s House Bill 412 “Squaw Name Change” Advisory Committee. The proposed new name for the 1,005 m (3,297 ft) summit is Deer Point. The proponent, who describes herself as “an Apsáalooke (Crow Indian) woman and educator” at Little Big Horn College, reports that Deer Point is the English translation of Uuxialattash, the traditional Apsáalooke name for the feature. The name Squaw Nipple first appeared on U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps in 1956. The summit is located approximately 9.2 km (5.7 mi) north of Huntley and 1.5 km (0.9 mi) north of Razor Creek, in Yellowstone County. There are no other features in the state that are known to be named Deer Point.

The Legislative Branch of the Crow Tribe of Montana, which is Federally-recognized, has stated that it “strongly supports” the change to Deer Point, and the Yellowstone County Commissioners also “fully support” the change. The Montana Board on Geographic Names, after receiving a letter of support from the State’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Trust Land Management Division and a letter of no objection from its Water Resources Division, wrote a letter in support of the proposal. A letter seeking input was sent to the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council, which is also Federally recognized, but no response was received, which is presumed to indicate a lack of an opinion on the issue. The Montana HB 412 Committee supports this proposal.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Support
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Thursday, January 8, 2004
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - This proposal, submitted by the Montana House Bill 412 Advisory Committee on behalf of a resident of Crow Agency, is to change a name believed to be derogatory. The proposed new name is the translation of Uuxialattash, the traditional Crow name for the feature (see Attachment A, #1). A motion was made and seconded to approve the change.

Vote: 8 in favor
0 against
0 abstentions

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