Little Uproar Over Politically Incorrect Geographic Names

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- There has been little uproar over politically incorrect geographic names.

Utah has seven geographic features with the name "Negro" and 58 with the name "Squaw." However, there have been no formal proposals to replace the names. Except for a failed effort to change the name of Negro Bill Canyon near Moab.

Susan Whetstone, a former executive secretary for the Utah Committee on Geographic Names, says Utah's Indian tribes have told the committee they do not consider the word "squaw" offensive.

A formal proposal to change Negro Bill Canyon to Granstaff Canyon was rejected by the U-S Board on Geographic Names in 2001. Officials said they wanted to keep the name to remind residents and visitors that blacks were involved in developing the West.

Utah also has Molly's Nipple in southern Utah, and Whetstone can remember no objections to that name.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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