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September 6 2001 at 3:11 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

Response to Idaho Name Change


Thanks, Dan. Of course nothing is ever straight forward. Here are some excerpts from the article:

"I'm thrilled," said Micki Kawakami of Concerned Citizens of Pocatello. "I'm even surprised, because at times it seemed so tough."

Pocatello native Russell Joe, an Issaquah, Wash., city councilman, said, "Doing nothing basically is a tacit approval of the name."

But Jeff Ford, chairman of the Idaho Geographic Names Advisory Council, said the change was a mistake.
"I think they set a dangerous precedent," Ford said.

While he didn't disagree with dumping "Chinks," he said the federal board should have heard from the Idaho council, which didn't recommend the change.

"On Friday we will take up the 'squaw' issue and the 'papoose' issue, which I think is absolute (garbage). These people want to sanitize history."

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