April 11, 2008

Good-bye to Squaw Peak

Squaw Peak officially Piestewa PeakA federal panel's decision Thursday to officially rename Squaw Peak after fallen soldier Lori Piestewa is a miracle, a blessing and a controversy that needs to end, her mother said.

Priscilla Piestewa said she wants Piestewa Peak in Phoenix to serve as a symbol for all those in the military who make sacrifices to protect the United States.

"But I hope that all the tension can be over," she said. "I hope more people will come together for peace. If we can't find peace at home, how can we find peace in the world?"

In an 11-2 vote, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, whose members represent Agriculture, Homeland Security and other federal departments, agreed to change the name of the summit, a move that follows action taken by a state panel in 2003. The new name will be used on maps and other federal publications, although "Squaw Peak" may appear on such documents as a second reference.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Squelching the S-Word.

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