Note that no one is claiming the name change will affect them personally. It's all about who's in control. "We don't want our (white) name changed to their (Indian) name. We don't want the state spending our (white) money on those people (Indians). Even if the name change doesn't hurt anyone, it's our (white) decision, not theirs. We're the deciders because it's our (white) country now."
Let the debate begin
A fifth generation Sonoma county resident...it will always be Squaw Rock.
Saddened by the name change and appalled that Hopland Rancheria tribal members felt they needed to spend their energy in this totally worthless endeavor...a minor point won perhaps but the ensuing confusion will guarantee that Squaw Rock will always be Squaw Rock.
The real issues is that Squaw is not a PC term and we now have to pander and cater to everyone in this country.
New name is educational
I have NEVER heard the name or story about the frog woman! There are alot of traditional names, that might somehow be designated as not being politically correct. But how about keeping names and stories traditional? Does everything have to be "politically correct," so afraid of offending anybody/everybody? Come on. Squaw Rock will always be known, especially by locals and EVERYBODY native to the area as "Squaw Rock," regardless of whatever pc label might be attached.
White people invented these legends to explain where the Indians went. Whites didn't remove or kill the Indians, according to the spurious legends. Indians "vanished" themselves by leaping off rocks.
If anyone actually thinks this legend has a basis in fact...go ahead and provide the evidence for it. Make sure it's original source material, not romantic rumors passed down from one white man to another. Good luck with your answer...you'll need it.
As for the PC claim, "political correctness" = silencing criticism.
What about the cost?
Yeah, white people have stolen and renamed "only" 99% of the Indians' land. We want that last 1%, dammit. God gave America to the Europeans, not the Indians!
Why would anyone teach an obviously phony legend? Do you really think a young woman could lift a stone large enough to crush two people? Wow.
1. Often Offensive. a North American Indian woman, especially a wife.
2. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a. a wife.
b. any woman or girl.
Always will be Squaw Rock...next there's going to be a lighted venue sign with directions to the casino built on it....
Wow! This is big news. It's just what we need, frog rock. Now where do I go for food stamps?
No, Indians and the people who support them can't have sincere motives. Because of their "savage" background, they must have some hidden agenda. That's what "those people" do: threaten to take what's ours with their tomahawks and name changes.
And the final comment implies the state is catering to Indians with this decision just like it does with food stamps and other government benefits. Nice.
A few voices of reason
There were a few supportive comments--other than mine, that is:
Apparently a lot of people disagree with the name change, but I applaud it. A derogatory term is a derogatory term.
Why complain now? It's a done deal and it was the right thing to. I noticed none of you were motivated to go to Auburn during public comment to oppose the name change. Hutray, I'm glad! I'm going to party like it's 1491. Signed Shawn Padi, Chairman of Hopland Band of Pomo Indians and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer.
I will probably always call it Squaw Rock but I couldn't care less if they change it. It's neat to read some new stories on it, though. On the other hand, if it was called Nigger Rock I bet nobody would object to changing the name would they? I can totally see where the demand for change is coming from. It's a cultural thing.
Wait a minute....
For more on geographic place names, see Explorers Didn't Consider "Squaw" Offensive and Changing Park Name = Guilt Trip?
P.S. As usual, I edited the comments slightly to make them more readable.
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