Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Change Squaw Buttes to Twin Peaks
Big Horn County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description summit, elevation 1,079 m (3,539 ft), located 8.4 km (5.2 mi) NW of the community of Camp Four; descriptive name
Location 45°27’47”N, 107°58’39”W
PLSS Location Sec 23,T4S,R30E
Proposal to change a name considered by some to be derogatory
Proponent Sharon Peregoy; Crow Agency, MT
Not Attalúupkaate, Sqaw Buttes, Squaw Buttes
Administrative area None
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 777098
Local Usage None found
Published Squaw Buttes (USGS 1969)
This proposal was also submitted by the Montana HB 412 Advisory Committee, on behalf of the Crow Tribe, to change a name considered to be derogatory. The proposed name, Twin Peaks, is reportedly the translation of Attalúupkaate, the traditional Apsáalooke (Crow Indian) name for the feature. The 1,079m (3,539 ft) summit is located approximately 8.4 km (5.2 mi) northwest of the community of Camp Four. The name Squaw Buttes first appeared on U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps in 1969.

The Big Horn County government has recommended approval of the change to Twin Peaks. The Legislative Branch of the Crow Tribe of Montana, which is Federally-recognized, has stated that it “strongly supports” the change to Twin Peaks, and the Montana Board on Geographic Names also 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. There are five features named Twin Peaks in Montana, but none are in Big Horn County. 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, also 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 Attalúupkaate, the traditional Crow Indian name for the feature (see Attachment A, #3). A motion was made and seconded to approve the change.

Vote: 8 in favor
0 against
0 abstentions

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