From: "Robert Eurich" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

Bill to ban `squaw' from place names picks up momentum By Associated Press, 11/28/99 

AUBURN, Maine (AP) Anne Wood, a Penobscot Indian, remembers being called a ''squaw'' 
at school in Old Town. There was little she could do about the insult that still makes 
her cringe today.

''I never even questioned the idea that it could be changed,'' said Wood, who is now a 
school nurse living in Auburn. ''We, as Indians, didn't have much say in anything.''

That has changed with the introduction of a bill in the Maine Legislature to remove 
''squaw'' from the names of mountains, streams, ponds, points and islands across the 

Rep. Donald Soctomah, a Passamaquoddy Indian, introduced the legislation after 
spotting a ''Squaw Pond'' on land his tribe acquired. ''We started to discuss it and 
we found it was very offensive to our wives, to our children, to our grandmothers,'' 
he said.

Many American Indians interpret the word ''squaw'' as slang for whore.

''If you go onto a reservation and call a woman a squaw, you'd be damn lucky to get 
out of there alive,'' said Rep. Donna M. Loring, a Penobscot and the other American 
Indian representative in the Legislature.

''You can't legislate how people use words, but you can legislate state names,'' said 
Loring, of Richmond. ''The word has basically been anglicized and used in a hateful 

So far, there has been little opposition to the bill that calls for changing about 20 
place names in the state.

Gov. Angus King said last week that the measure deserves a serious look but he stopped 
short of endorsing it. The Legislature will take up the bill in its session early next 

Sen. Richard Bennett of Oxford likes the proposal because its discussion will provoke 
better understanding of native tribes in Maine.

As assistant Republican leader, he is on the nine-member review committee that voted 
unanimously to put the issue before the Legislature in a session intended for 
emergency legislation.

''The existence of something that's insulting to people I think rises to the level of 
emergency,'' he said.

If the law passes, official names would change, but private businesses, such as Big 
Squaw Mountain ski area in Greenville, would not have to.

Rep. Gerald Bouffard, D-Lewiston, says he would probably support Soctomah's bill. As a 
Franco-American, he said, he has endured insults because of his background.

''If its derogatory to them, I guess I would listen to them and be very sympathetic,'' 
Bouffard said.

Maine would join Minnesota, Montana and Colorado if it removed the word from place 
names, said Sherri Mitchell, a Penobscot who lives on Indian Island and has spoken in 
favor of the bill.

From: "Robert Eurich" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

<clipped excerpt>

State superintendent chides recall efforts

Special elections in Milton, Parkview school districts trivialize voting, he says

By Kathleen Ostrander Special to the Journal Sentinel Last Updated: Nov. 24, 1999

The state's top education official is taking the unusual step of criticizing residents 
in two Rock County school districts who are mounting separate recall efforts.

In a news release sent to media outlets throughout Wisconsin, State Superintendent of 
Schools John Benson singled out recall organizers in the Milton and Parkview school 
districts as examples of "single-issue, closed-minded voters (who) have trivialized 
the institution of voting."

In Milton, recall organizers are targeting three board members who voted to change the 
high school's Redmen nickname and American Indian logo. An election is scheduled for 

And in the Parkview School District, a recall election for two board members who voted 
not to renew a basketball coach's contract is scheduled for Dec. 21.

Benson says the recall process in Wisconsin was set up to remove public officials who 
stop short of breaking the law, not because of their votes on a single issue.

He is particularly upset because four of the five board members being recalled already 
are up for re-election in April.

"The framers of the Constitution did not mean for this to happen on a single issue," 
Benson said in an interview. "This is ridiculous. What a waste of taxpayer money. Why 
couldn't people wait until April and run a qualified candidate? Think of the better 
uses for this money for the students - textbooks, choir robes, computers, maybe 
athletic equipment."

According to officials in both districts, the special recall elections will cost 
between $4,000 and $6,000. The Parkview election may cost more because it will require 
a primary, officials said.

Benson, who normally doesn't get involved in local disputes, said he had been watching 
the two districts' recall efforts since they began and finally became so angry over 
the situations that he had to speak out.

But the recall organizers in each district say they're completely within their rights 
to try to remove board members - even if the efforts do center around a single issue.

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From: "Keith and Michelle Pounds" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

Know this is late.  Been trying to get info, but difficult.
NLU is the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

"The estimated cost for converting signage and related physical
representation of the new name is less than $50,000 and will be covered by
private funds...Our athletic teams will continue to be known as the Indians
and Lady Indians.  The Indian mascot reflects our pride in the Native
American heritage of north Louisiana --- a singular geographic and historic
cultural element.  This tradition as well as the designation of maroon and
gold as the official school colors, will remain the same." 

American Indian Sports Team Mascots
Robert Eurich

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"We simply chose an Indian as the emblem.
  We could have just as easily chosen any
uncivilized animal."
   Eighth Grade student writing about his school's
   mascot, 1997

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