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From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse MeadowHow Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame$
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Mark Monmonier

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226534657

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226534640.001.0001

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Going Native

Going Native

(p.72) Chapter Five Going Native
From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow
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This chapter presents the various controversies related to the restoring of native names. Changing the names of Devils Tower in Wyoming will not be easy as Plains American-Indian tribes have different legends and different names for the tower. The local tourism industry adamantly resists any change, and to block a possible name change, the outfitters and motel operators persuaded the representatives in Congress to introduce bills banning renaming. The ploy works because the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, according to its bylaws, does not render a decision on a name or its application if the matter is also being considered by Congress or the Executive Branch of the United States. Opponents of the efforts to restore Native American names for prominent peaks often cite multiple indigenous names as a reason to keep the current toponym.

Keywords:   toponyms, American-Indian tribes, tourism industry, U.S. Board on Geographic Names

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