Sorry I don't mean to steal your thunder, anyone who may have mentioned what I'm about to say. Just too early to read all posts but will later. Wanted
to say something now though, we had a similar situation happen in Arizona a few years back with one of the several "mountains" WITHIN the mountains
that create the valley of what is the Phoenix Metropolitan area...if you're familiar with the valley, you know it's a valley made from the massive
systems to the NE, E and SE- Four Peaks to the NE and the Superstition Mountains to the east/SE, and some hills and medium sized single peaks frame
the much less majestic Western half- South Mountain, Estrella and White Tank to the west, and North Mountain/McDowell Mt. to the north.
Well, inside this border are a few hills/peaks which give a very much-needed break to the flatter than flat topography and are hot real estate (if you
know PHX, you know what the appeal is of living at SouthMt. near the point, on McDowell Mountain, at Pinnacle Peak, or in the most famous area even
people not familiar with phx know by name- that is the Scottsdale/Biltmore border at Camelback Mountain northwest to the mega mansions of Paradise
Valley where until just two or three years ago
we enjoyed 60 years of Stephanie Nicks taking up residence in this area)
SQUAW PEAK is the second highest of Phoenix's mountains which along with Camelback, the highest, make up this prime real estate area. However, Squaw
Tit Mountain or Squaw Peak which had been its name over a century at the least (no written record before) was offensive to some or most Native
Americans. The debate over touching the name or letting it be went on for ages for several reasons. The Pima tribe from the area had an old name for
it which translated to Iron Mountain so everyone thought it'd be an easy fix. Problem was in the end the tribe couldn't prove Iron Mountain was the
traditional name of Squaw Peak since a few steps away was a different mountaintop the State of AZ argued was possibly Iron Mountain and the Pima were
mistaken. Personally, I found this just as offensive. They say that's been Iron Mountain forever why second guess their still-living culture that
compared to before the relocation and trail of tears era is left in pieces? But the Pima resolution was struck down for good.
The problem went further because the etymology of the word Squaw was pushed by Oprah Winfrey and two or three Native American linguists as being
traced back to Algonquin/Mohawk Quebec or Massachusetts area tribes either meaning vagina or a derogatory word for a woman. No matter where in the US
a tribe has a similar word, the word must mean vagina said this very weak argument pushed by media and supposed experts. In Navajo, Squaw was used
just to identify a type of dance. But what IS well documented is white settlers did indeed spread the word Squaw amongst themselves to refer to a
Native woman as they would call a black woman a negro or worse, some saying it referred to Squaw like this Native B!&$# or Indian P#$$@. So then it
was "Is it offensive when etymology supposedly says it's a word from 3000 miles away? Is it enough that it became an English derogatory term?" This
made saying NO WAY to Iron Mountain even more ridiculous to me since the answers were obvious so why nobody was allowing action was silly.
When Napolitano became governor (tee hee eeeek) a Navajo girl had just died in military service and was the first to do so. Although this provided a
beautiful resolution I feel since she was from a local tribe, a Phonecian, and being the first female native killed gave poetic justice to the idea
the name was anti woman but could now memorialize a woman, I gotta say it's one thing Napolitano did that she can be proud of (IMHO though her work
post 9-11 put her in bed with the false flag murderers), she was unpopular amongst many for trying to force the renaming on local non responsible
persons since she refused to wait the five year period needed to rename natural landmarks. Wrong people to push but I do think it's better this was
one thing in the US that was resolved as soon as a resolution appeared and the state passed the renaming and let the Federal entities know to wait
their five years and change it, as far as AZ is concerned it's already Piestewa Peak (Lorie Piestewa was the girl KIA).
Why did I post this? I dunno, the reasons for renaming behind the two are apples and oranges. I do find it strange though that as a state AZ was asked
to jump thru hoops then wait when a unanimous decision was made but in AK where there's a larger gap in those for and against have no five year wait
or anything but Obama just goes and speaks and it is so. I know the movement came from the people of AK especially the natives not Obama but why such
different steps taken to see the change? And I don't think Obama did anything wrong here (for once) but is there an executive privilege at play I'm
unaware of? DID they wait five yrs? I'll wake up later and answer my questions but in case anyone cared, there u go. A comparable story from just a
few yrs back.