Little Uproar Over Politically Incorrect Geographic Names


Save Story
Leer en español

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

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.)

Most recent Utah stories

Related topics

Utah

STAY IN THE KNOW

Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast