Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Change Squaw Buttes to Duckhead Buttes
Glacier County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description summit, elevation 1,268 m (4,162 ft), on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, 10 km (6 mi) E of Mission Lake; named for Annabell Bad Marriage Duckhead (1907-1934), who acquired the original Indian allotment on the land
Location 48°32’03”N, 112°30’29”W
PLSS Location Secs 15&14, T32N, R7W
Proposal to change a name considered by some to be offensive
Proponent Blackfeet Tribal Business Council
Not Squaw Buttes
Administrative area Blackfeet Indian Reservation
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 777118
Local Usage None found
Published Squaw Buttes (USGS 1974)
roposal is to change officially the name of Squaw Buttes, a summit located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Glacier County, to Duckhead Buttes (the application was submitted and originally review listed as Duckhead Butte; a change to the plural generic term was affirmed by the proponent). It was submitted by the Montana House Bill 412 “Squaw Name Change” Committee on behalf of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council, which believes the existing name is derogatory and should be changed. The proposed name is intended to honor Annabell Bad Marriage Duckhead (1907-1934), the grandmother of the present-day landowner, who acquired the original Indian allotment on the land. The Glacier County Commissioners submitted a letter in support of the proposal, and the Montana State Names Authority recommends approval as well.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Support (Tuesday, October 14, 2008)
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Thursday, December 11, 2008
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - A motion was made and seconded to approve this name change.

Vote: 12 in favor
0 against
0 abstentions

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