Monday, October 09, 2006

You Learn Something Every Day | AP News: "Idaho tribes want places named 'Squaw' removed from maps

SQUAW BAY, Idaho (AP) -- Members of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe refer to it as the 'S Word,' but 93 creeks, canyons, peaks and springs in Idaho that include the name 'squaw' are not so censored on maps.

Linguists debate the meaning of the word, but the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and most other American Indians in the Northwest say it's a derogatory reference for a woman's genitals dating back to the area's frontier past.

Now, members of the tribe are pushing to strike 13 squaw references from maps of Idaho."