Board to vote on idea as 5-year wait ends
The U.S. Board on Geographic Names is expected to vote April 10 on whether to change the name of the summit, one of the Valley's highest, on maps and other federal publications. The board requires a five-year waiting period to consider such posthumous requests, in part to allow those who argue passionately for or against a name to cool down.
In this case, the vote is once again refueling the debate over renaming Squaw Peak after Piestewa, the first American Indian woman to die in combat while serving in the U.S. military. Some argue the name should stay the same or be named in honor of all veterans.
"It's about 50-50 for those for and against," she said.
Larry Wayt, who hikes Piestewa Peak four days a week and leads a "Squaw Peak" hiking group, doesn't want the federal government to follow the state's adoption of the name.
"It needs to remain Squaw Peak," he said. "It's been Squaw Peak forever."
So half the people want to keep the stereotypical "squaw" name? No doubt these are the same people who want to "honor" Indians with cartoonish mascots while ignoring the wishes of real Indians.
I don't claim that Piestewa Peak is the best possible name for the mountain. But Squaw Peak is one of the worst possible names. The feds should change the name to something.