What should Squaw Peak's new name be? Here are 48 suggestions from Deseret News readers

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  • Goldminer Salem, UT
    Oct. 13, 2017 1:53 p.m.

    jparry - Provo, UT:

    I suspect that the tribe will now file a law suite. It is all about money. If these things were or are so important to an Indian Tribe, why haven't they made the changes they are now demanding years ago?

    Looks like some ACLU lawyers are looking for law suites and LOTS of money.

  • davebailey Provo, UT
    Oct. 13, 2017 11:08 a.m.

    This is very controversial. The only way this should be changed is with a voter referendum. Anything else would be unacceptable.

  • Ricardo Carvalho Provo, UT
    Oct. 13, 2017 12:01 a.m.

    By the way, Wikipedia has a good summary for the arguments for and against the use of the term squaw. For me, since it is not a term used by the tribes of this area, I would prefer to see something more native.

  • Ricardo Carvalho Provo, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 11:54 p.m.

    I would like something using a native language. If squaw comes from Algonquin, could we not have something tied to a local tribe?

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 9:55 p.m.

    If we are going to change it, let's not make the same mistake and use and Indian name - someone will eventually be offended and we'll have to change it again. *sigh*

    Go with the safe options: Rock Canyon Peak, Temple View Peak, Pioneer Peak, Mount Edwards, etc.

  • jparry Provo, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 8:55 p.m.

    Um, the Ute Tribe was here long before Mormon Pioneers settled the place. It's about time that we stop thinking that history began in this area in 1847. I like this idea of naming it after the Ute woman who threw herself off of the peak. If we can't find her name, let's consult the Ute Tribe to see what better word we could use for "woman'--not a fan of Lady Ute Peak.

  • New to Utah Provo, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 8:10 p.m.

    Although I disagree that Squaw Peak should have its name changed . I think it's ridiculous and strange and so PC. The only other name that makes sense is Sacajawea.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 4:46 p.m.

    "During the standoff one of the besieged Ute women threw herself from the cliffs on Squaw Peak"

    That settles it. If it must be changed, Lady Ute Peak is the only choice--well, until the Lady Cougars get offended.

  • Chancey Sandy, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 3:58 p.m.

    Reading the paper use to be a great smorgasbord of ideas, seasoned with descriptive words and interesting photos. I could agree or disagree, and make up my mind after a presentation of the facts, Read different opinions on the opinion pages. Editorials were perhaps the only place you could tell what "The Paper" thought, and even then it was reasoned. There were investigative journalists like Jack Andersen, and others. People lived their lives in an uncomplaining way. I didn't even know any "Victims". Now everyone is one. Once I traveled from a sales meeting out to tour a factory back on the east coast. On the ride out, one of the salesmen got up and told a "Mormon" joke. The whisper started at the back, close to where I was setting and I watched it go all the way up to this gentleman after he told the joke. He approached me as we got off the bus and apologized. I told him, I thought it was a great joke. It was the start of a professional friendship that went on for years. I'm not sure what this has to do with Squaw Peak, but we all should lighten up a bit.

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 3:50 p.m.

    How about the "Let's not be offended when no offense is intended peak." How sad to live your life being offended at every little thing. What's sad is washing away these "offensive" things gives us no perspective on history. Really sad.

  • Husker2 International Falls, MN
    Oct. 12, 2017 2:49 p.m.

    If the goal is to not offend anybody, they should go with "The Peak".

  • Newlin Sandy, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 2:15 p.m.

    The mayor’s office and Mr. Wride need to get lives.

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 1:43 p.m.

    Definitely “Stud Peak”, but it will always be Squaw Peak no matter what the PC liberals do!

  • Red Corvette St George, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 12:48 p.m.

    Squat PC

  • Tyler McArthur South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 12:39 p.m.

    Leave it. And stop getting offended for other people.

  • Common Sense Guy Richfield, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 12:36 p.m.

    It can be Female Native American Peak, unless the gender identity crowd objects. Then it could be Native American Peak With No Assigned Gender. But I don't know if that will fit on the maps.

  • Straitpath PROVO, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 12:12 p.m.

    Squaw Peak is part of MY heritage. Leave my heritage alone.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 12:02 p.m.

    We used not to have to go to such great lengths to get a local headline but with the constant shrieking coming from the whitehouse that grabs local and national headlines.

    This is actual news vs getting to hear what somebody tweeted. I think it would be better to share the names of those who climb that mountain for health sake. People who are using it and enjoying it are probably not offended.

  • Mack2828 Ft Thomas, KY
    Oct. 12, 2017 12:00 p.m.

    The problem with political correctness is that it just never ends. Their is always yet another thing for someone to get offended by.

  • iluvnz Vernal, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 11:47 a.m.

    My choice would be

    Aboo, Peak

  • Max Upstate, NY
    Oct. 12, 2017 11:24 a.m.

    Hot Babe Peak

  • Sabrecat South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 11:19 a.m.

    I say fight ridiculousness with more ridiculousness! Name Peaky McPeakface!

  • Thucydides Herriman, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 11:20 a.m.

    There is a difference between standing up to political correctness run amok, and being a culturally insensitive jerk.

    Just food for thought, folks.

  • Thucydides Herriman, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 11:10 a.m.

    Oh my, it must be nice to be a part of the majority, the dominant cultural group, and have the convenience of not being offended by anything.

    Some of the comments here are quite ignorant. Here are some facts folks: First, the term is considered offensive among Native American groups, has been used historically as an intentional derogatory slander, and is not used by the in-group as another word for "woman" as some have suggested. Second, there is some evidence that the word is derived from an earlier word meaning "female genitals."

    Yeah, we should definitely keep the name "Squaw Peak"...

  • zipadeedoodah Lehi, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 10:53 a.m.

    I have grown up with "native american" indians. I have family who are native americans. Not one of them have ever taken offense by the name "Squaw" or "Squaw Peak" as a matter of fact.

    What is wrong with this country that seems to be trying to pick its roots apart?

    When will we get off this crazy bandwagon and embrace our heritage and differences and stop trying to re-change our roots, our religion, our history, our constitution?

  • taking a stand for truth Lehi, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 10:37 a.m.

    Well it looks like the Ute tribe or whoever wants to bully the public once again with the "political correctness" stick. And there are those dumb enough to cave in.

    This is such nonsense. The word "squaw" is by no means or ways insulting or demoralizing any more than the word "woman". Rather it is a respected and revered name.

    Come on. Get a backbone. Stop caving in to nonsense!

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 9:12 a.m.

    Squaw Peak. That's what it should be called.

  • Goldminer Salem, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 8:56 a.m.

    This is utterly ridiculous and silly. For decades this has been the name and NOW, someone wants to make it an issue? Once again, our politicians and lawyers, are looking for money and fame...as they see it. Make up an offensive issue and they'll make money. Disgusting!

    How about changing the name "Native American"? I'm an Native American; I was born here. My relatives came from Europe. the "Native Americans" came from some other country centuries ago. So, why should they be given some name/title that I can't be?

    Past time to start acting like adults and not being offended by silly things.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 7:54 a.m.

    Those in public office always have a need to show they have done something. This is how a name change like this comes into focus. The focus is being elected again. After they leave office with all of the good and damage they have done, it is like putting your hand in a bucket of water and upon pulling it out, the hole remaining is how much they will be missed. Changing the name does nothing since it will always be called Squaw Peak with admiration for years to come. Just look at the attempt to change from Mormon to CJCLDS.

  • Billy Bob Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 7:08 a.m.

    A few suggestions:

    SJW Overreaction Peak
    Political Correctness Foolishness Peak
    I'm Offended By Everything Peak
    Mount Snowflake Changed My Name
    Make Out Point (If the ones commenting on the ridiculousness of renaming the peak are rejected, then we should at least have the name be descriptive of what it is commonly known for).

  • PQStewart Ogden, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 6:58 a.m.

    According to the book “Utah’s Blackhawk Wars”, a great book, the Mormon settlers started having conflicts with the Ute Indians in the 1860’s. The area around Utah lake and the Provo River was a traditional seasonal fishing ground. The Mormon settlers wanted to establish private land ownership in the area while the Native Americans needed unencumbered access to the river. Conflict resulted in the murder of a Ute tribal member. To hide his crime, the Mormon perpetrator cut his victim open and filled him with rocks. The body was then thrown into the river. Later the Utes pulled their missing fishing buddy from the river. In the ensuing fights the Mormons chased a group of Utes into the Rock Canyon area. During the standoff one of the besieged Ute women threw herself from the cliffs on Squaw Peak.

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Oct. 12, 2017 6:47 a.m.

    More evidence that you can't crowdsource something if you want it to be taken seriously.

  • 8 eight times Provo, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 3:03 a.m.

    How about Peak-a-boo?
    Better yet, let's go with Squaw Peak.

    Other place names in the area that we'll need to change because they're probably offensive to someone:
    Lehi, Nephi, Moroni, Ephraim, Manti, Enoch, St. George, Bountiful, Brigham City, Brigham Young University (all of which have some connection to religion, therefore they are offensive to someone and clearly violate the first amendment)
    Utah Lake, Utah State, Utah State University, and University of Utah (named after a Native American tribe, and how dare we? Can we go back to Deseret? Wait, no, that would be offensive since it is a word derived from a religious text)

    It all reminds me of Michelle Obama's 2008 statement:
    "Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we're going to have to change our traditions, our history; we're going to have to move into a different place as a nation."

  • ute alumni Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 2:53 a.m.

    Squaw peak

  • RRB SLC, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 1:53 a.m.

    The story I heard, and their are several versions.
    A young woman fell in love with a man, who went to war. Word came that he had died in battle. (her family hid in the valley between the mountains (Squaw peak). Her grief caused her to take off he veil, and place it on a high mountain ledge, that she jumped off. The man returned, he had just been wounded, and found out about his new bride. In his grief he carried her body up the mountain and laid her there (you can see her silhouette on the top of Timpanogos). Her heart was discovered in a cave (Timp cave). Her tears appeared on the side of the mountain (cascade springs), and her veil was transformed into bridal veil falls.

    This is a true story.

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 11, 2017 11:48 p.m.

    Are they going to change the name of Mt Timpanogos too? I understand the mountain is shaped to look like an Indian maiden lying on her back. And Timp cave has a heart-shaped formation in it. How far are we going to go with all this non-sense?

    How about Squaw's Peak.....so we can include more than one female adult Indian (Native American)?

    What is baffling is how the politicians always embrace these radical ideas from persons who are supposedly "offended." Well, the politicians OFFEND ME!!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 11, 2017 11:17 p.m.

    Squaw Peak

  • old cuss 101 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2017 10:29 p.m.

    Enough already.
    Growing up for a time at the base of Squaw Peak, "Y" Mountain to the south, Rock Canyon leading onward and upward towards Provo Peak, there was an honorable legend and some fear of the rugged south face and upper cliffs, but never a derogatory thought.

    I thought growing up that "squaw," however derived, was a word reasonably connoting an adult Indian woman, not unlike the title "Frau" in German. No other word comes to mind to succinctly describe an "adult Native American Indian woman."

    I am tiring of the impositions of the self-appointed PC police on society. They make noise and present demands of much nonsense. The media plays the issues and injects drama. The politicians seek to appear sensitive and wise. Much of the populace could care less.

    Shakespeare had it right: "Much ado about nothing." (a comedy)

  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    Oct. 11, 2017 7:47 p.m.

    This is absolute insanity! Come on, Provo. Don't buckle into this contrived, PC nonsense. There is NO REASON to change the name.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 11, 2017 7:23 p.m.

    If people in charge cave in to demands to change the name based on some offended person's misunderstanding of the origins of the newly offensive word "squaw," then the name must be change to "Politically Correct Peak."

    Or maybe "Height of Ignorance?"

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Oct. 11, 2017 7:01 p.m.

    In the early 1970's, I was part of a BYU singing group named the "Lamanite Generation". I knew many Indian students, and no one was offended by Squaw Peak. No one!

    Who makes up this stuff?

  • Paulner3 Mountain Home, UT
    Oct. 11, 2017 5:40 p.m.

    Naataanii Peak. That is a native American woman's name.

  • Tuffy Parker Salem, UT
    Oct. 11, 2017 5:06 p.m.

    How about "Leave the Name Alone Peak"?

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 11, 2017 4:43 p.m.

    I would think it would be an honor to have a land mark named after someone.

    I twice fell in love with Indian girls. There is nothing shameful about them. They were beautiful.

  • estreetshuffle Window Rock, AZ
    Oct. 11, 2017 4:31 p.m.

    The way the rock layers are angled, it's a perfect shape for a Runnin Ute Carving just like the Crazy Horse Mountain Carving in South Dakota.

  • Johnny Triumph Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2017 3:41 p.m.

    Conflict between Mormon settlers and the local tribe led to the Chief's wife's death in the canyon, hence the name. It seems like it was a reverential reference to her, if that's the case then let's find her name and name it that.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 11, 2017 3:03 p.m.

    Good Grief. Are we going to get rid of Squaw Valley (home to the 1960 winter olympics). How about squaw bread? Squaw rock? Squaw river? In fact, cry me a river. We just went through an ordeal, in Utah, where they wanted to change the trail from "Negro Bill" to something else. The Black community recommended against the change.

  • eigerjoe Sandy, UT
    Oct. 11, 2017 2:22 p.m.

    Change the name? This is so ridiculous and pathetic! I can't believe it is even being considered.

  • Really!? Logan, UT
    Oct. 11, 2017 1:30 p.m.

    Or how about taking a cue from the Artist formally known as Prince and call it, The Peak formally known as Squaw Peak. The name will have been changed to appease the offended and everybody will know exactly to which peak one is referring.

  • UtahBruin Eagle Mountain, UT
    Oct. 11, 2017 1:24 p.m.

    This is confusing.........

    The peak is currently called Squaw Peak

    Somehow this is offensive........

    The definition of Squaw is "Native American Woman or Wife"

    Why is being called a woman or wife derogatory or offensive..........Head Scratcher!

    They want a name now that honors Native American women. Alright, I have the perfect name.

    How about "Squaw Peak," it fully represents all women and wives who were Native American.

    C'mon people, really? This is getting as bad as the NFL kneeling thing during the Anthem. Now they are saying, the guidelines say "Should" stand, and it now the talk is to change it to "Must" stand.

    Should Definition - Used to indicate obligation, duty or correctness.

    Must Definition - Be obliged to, "should" expressing necessity. Something that "should" not be overlooked or missed.

    Yep, another head scratcher! This is getting a little too fine in the details is it not. Both situations.

  • Pythos Lindon, UT
    Oct. 11, 2017 12:47 p.m.

    I have a suggestion ... How about "Squaw Peak?" Enough, already, with everybody being offended by something.

  • RoundelRider Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 11, 2017 12:46 p.m.

    This is coming about because of one woman's appearance on Oprah and who only considers the Mohawk word "ojiskwa’" referring to female anatomy. To quote an article on Indian Country Today:

    According to Dr. Marge Bruchac, an Abenaki historical consultant, Squaw means the totality of being female and the Algonquin version of the word “esqua,” “squa” “skwa” does not translate to a woman’s female anatomy.

    “The word has been interpreted by modern activists as a slanderous assault against Native American women.”

    “I understand the concern of Indian women who feel insulted by this word, but I respectfully suggest that we reclaim our language rather than let it be taken over,” wrote Bruchac.

    end quote

    Personally I wouldn't be offended if it were named "White Dude Peak" or "Stud Peak", but I say leave it as it is!

  • alineu Magna, UT
    Oct. 11, 2017 12:41 p.m.

    How did Squaw Peak get its name?