Colorado panel recommends tribal name change for mountain


DENVER | A Colorado state panel has recommended that a mountain peak west of Denver be renamed in honor of a Native American woman who acted as a translator for tribes and white settlers in the 19th century.

Thursday’s recommendation comes amid national efforts to address a history of colonialism and oppression against Native Americans and other people of color after last summer’s protests calling for racial justice reform and national historical reckoning. It is the first of several name changes being considered by the state panel.

The Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board recommended changing the name of Squaw Mountain, located in Clear Creek County about 30 miles (48 kilometers) miles west of Denver, to Mestaa’ėhehe Mountain, which is pronounced “mess-taw-hay.”

The name honors an influential Cheyenne translator known as Owl Woman, who facilitated relations between white settlers and Native American tribes in the early 1800s, The Colorado Sun reported.

The word “squaw,” derived from the Algonquin language, may once have simply meant “woman.” But over generations, the word morphed into a misogynist and racist term to disparage Indigenous women, according to experts.

The mountain is among 13 locations throughout Colorado for which residents have requested name changes.

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1 month ago

I guess the panel didn’t get the memo. Indians is a bad word so anything connected to them is being removed from history. If we can’t have long standing team names- as mascots I think any name of any body should be removed. That way any woke person will have less pushback as meaningless names are less offensive. I think any statue or drawing of any historical figures are in jeopardy- so lets include black, Hispanic and other ethic race folk in that removal. After all you will be cancelled if someone doesn’t like it… so lets use letters and numbers for everything that could possibly be repulsive.

1 month ago

What an absolute waste of time and energy to virtue-signal for the wokesters.