Going Native

in From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780226534657
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226534640 | DOI:
Going Native

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This chapter presents the various controversies related to the restoring of native names. Changing the names of Devils Tower in Wyoming will not be easy as Plains American-Indian tribes have different legends and different names for the tower. The local tourism industry adamantly resists any change, and to block a possible name change, the outfitters and motel operators persuaded the representatives in Congress to introduce bills banning renaming. The ploy works because the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, according to its bylaws, does not render a decision on a name or its application if the matter is also being considered by Congress or the Executive Branch of the United States. Opponents of the efforts to restore Native American names for prominent peaks often cite multiple indigenous names as a reason to keep the current toponym.

Keywords: toponyms; American-Indian tribes; tourism industry; U.S. Board on Geographic Names

Chapter.  6222 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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