Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Change Squaw Flat to Pikuni Flat
Glacier County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description flat, 11 km (7 mi) long, on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, between North Fork Milk River and Hagerty Creek, 21 km (14 mi) ENE of Babb; “Pikuni” is another word used to describe the Blackfeet people of the Blackfeet Confederacy
Location 48°54’46”N, 113°08’13”W
PLSS Location Tps 37&36N, Rgs 11&12W
Proposal to change a name considered by some to be offensive
Proponent Blackfeet Tribal Business Council
Not Squaw Flat
Administrative area Blackfeet Indian Reservation
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 777131
Local Usage None found
Published Flat (USGS 1968, 1979)
This proposal is to change officially the name of Squaw Flat, an 11 km (7 mi) long flat located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Glacier County, to Pikuni Flat. 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 reportedly used to refer to the Blackfeet people of the Blackfeet Confederacy. The Glacier County Commissioners submitted a letter in support of the proposed change to Pikuni Flat, and the Montana State Names Authority recommends approval as well.

The stream that flows along the southeastern side of the flat was renamed by the BGN in 2003 from Squaw Creek to Hagerty Creek. A second proposal by the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council, to change the name of Squaw Buttes, also on the Blackfeet Reservation, to Duckhead Buttes, is listed under Category III below.

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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