De-Squawed

The U.S. Board on Geographical Names has renamed 16 valleys, creeks and other sites this year. The reason? These places were formerly named "squaw," a derogatory term for Native American women. A spokeswoman for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho, Montana and Washington says that "squaw" is also a profane term for female genitalia. (Interestingly, there is Twatt in Scotland, Cooter in Missouri, and Pussy Creak in Ireland.) However, as someone who is part Native American, changing the racist, sexist names of American locales is probably for the best. [UPI]