The Geographic Names Board of Oregon, USA, is debating how to solve the
problem of renaming 44 geographic features that include the word ‘Squaw’ in their names. The word refers to a North American indigenous woman, and comes from the Algonquian word for ‘woman’. It it generally regarded as a derogatory term which is condescending to indigenous women.
A local resident suggested that the term “Indian Maiden” be used instead, but the board thought that sounded too idealized. The Geographic Names Board
has called on the Native American tribes of the area to suggest names that would be appropriate for each place.