Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Change Squaws Tit to Moolsh Hill
Park County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description summit, elevation 1,621 m (5,318 ft), located on the S side of Cottonwood Creek, 3.9 km (2.4 mi) NE of Clyde Park, 12 km (8 mi) SE of Wilsall; the word Moolsh is the traditional Salish-Pend d’Oreille name for the area and means “cottonwood”
Location 45°54’13”N, 110°33’39”W
PLSS Location Sec. 24,23,&25, T2N, R9E
Proposal to change a name considered by some to be derogatory
Proponent Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes; Pablo, MT
Not Squaws Tit
Administrative area None
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 777136
Local Usage None found
Published Squaws Tit (USGS 1951, 1977, 1992; SummitPost website)
The name Squaws Tit applies to a 1,621 m (5,318 ft) high summit located on the south side of Cottonwood Creek in north-central Park County. The origin of name has not been determined; the earliest map on which it has been located is the 1951 USGS topographic map. The proposed replacement name, Moolsh Hill, is the Anglicization of the Salish word meaning cottonwood. This proposed change has the support of the Montana House Bill 412 “Squaw Name Change” Advisory Committee and the American Indian Caucus of the Montana State Legislature. When asked by the State Names Authority to comment on the proposal, the Park County Commissioners indicated they were not opposed to the change, but were somewhat concerned that the proposal had been submitted by a Tribe that is not local to the area; they did not offer a counter-proposal. The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Montana State Names Authority are in support of the change to Moolsh Hill.

A copy of this proposal was sent to the Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Reservation of Montana; the Crow Tribe of the Crow Reservation of Montana; the Fort Belknap Indian Community of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation; the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community; the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians; and the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho, all of which are Federally-recognized Tribes, but no response was received, which is presumed to indicate a lack of an opinion to the name change.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Support (Monday, February 11, 2008)
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Thursday, May 8, 2008
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - A motion was made and seconded to approve this change.

Vote: 11 in favor
0 against
1 abstention

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