How “Squaw” Lake Became In-Thlam-Keh

A trail sign in Jewel Basin Hiking Area points to the lake formerly known as "Squaw."

"For the past century, some 75 place names across the state have contained the term 'squaw,' a word deeply offensive to many people in Montana, especially the members of Montana’s seven federally recognized tribal nations. . .

Now, after almost a decade of work, 60 of the 76 “s-word” places have been replaced by new names."

Click here to read the entire Char-Koosta News article (3/19/09).

Click here to view or download the list of 17 Salish-Pend d’Oreille place names (and their meanings) that have replaced "squaw" in Montana.

In-Thlam-Keh, for example, means "black bear."

Click here to see a photo of In-Thlam-Keh Lake.


This article published on September 25, 2012 • [Permalink]