CEDAR RAPIDS — The Linn County Board of Supervisors has set the date and time for a public hearing discussing road-name changes in the county.
During their formal session Wednesday, the supervisors approved the public hearing to rename roads that use the word “squaw” in the name. The hearing is set for 11 a.m. Nov. 23.
The roads and names being considered to replace them are: Squaw Creek Road to Wanatee Creek Road; Squaw Creek Circle to Wanatee Creek Circle,; Squaw Lane to Wanatee Lane; Squaw Ridge Road between South 31st Street and Lakeside Road to South 22nd Street; Squaw Ridge Road between Lakeside Road and Cottage Grove Parkway to Lakeside Road; and Cottage Grove Parkway between Squaw Ridge Road and Highway 13 to Lakeside Road.
The proposed name changes come after the Linn County Conservation Board retired the name of Squaw Creek Park, renaming it Wanatee Park.
The park, roads and the creek will be named after Jean Adeline Morgan Wanatee, a lifelong women’s rights activist who was born in the Meskwaki settlement near Tama in 1910.
As previously reported by The Gazette, the Linn County Board of Supervisors have requested the U.S. Geological Survey’s Board of Geographic Names to rename Squaw Creek to Wanatee Creek as well. A decision on the request is expected to take several months to a year.
The decisions come from the input of many groups, including the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi of Iowa (Meskwaki Nation), the state archaeologist, Iowa State Historical Society, Tallgrass Archaeology and local governments in Linn County.
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