Cleveland Metroparks keeps “squaw” amid debate

Bentlyville, Ohio (AP) 8-08

The name of the Squaw Rock formation in the Cleveland Metroparks stands firm amid a growing debate over whether the word “squaw” is derogatory.

Squaw Rock is the name given the image of an Indian woman that an artist carved into sandstone in 1885 at South Chagrin Reservation park. Metroparks spokesman Bob Rotatori says there has been no movement or local pressure to drop the name, which he described as traditional and historical.

Elsewhere, the term “squaw” is slowly being erased from the names of geographic features around the country amid complaints that the word is offensive. Although some linguists disagree, critics say “squaw” is derived from an Indian word for female genitalia.

 

 

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