Ariz. Gov. Wants to Name Peak for Soldier
Arizona Governor Pushes to Rename Peak for Fallen Soldier, but Says One Official Blocking Plan
The official blocking this plan is one piece of work! He calls wholesale name changes an atrocity. This guy can't be fired from his volunteer position and was appointed to his position by the governor. I think he needs to pull his head out yesterday. This should be a no-brainer.
The governor is lobbying to rename one of Phoenix's prominent mountain peaks in honor of an American Indian woman killed in the war, and she is calling for the resignation of a state official who has threatened to block the plan.
posted by Cyndy
The mountain is known as Squaw Peak, a controversial name that many American Indians find offensive and have been trying to change for years. Gov. Janet Napolitano wants it renamed Piestewa peak, for Pfc. Lori Piestewa.
"This would be a positive, healing way to end this long debate about what is a derogatory word for Native Americans," Taylor said.
Man-made features can be named even after the living, but state and federal policies on geographic titles say there must be a five-year waiting period after a person's death before the name can be used. Napolitano said the state board has the authority to waive the waiting period and there's no reason to wait once she submits the petition.
Thanks for the link Mark!