This is Piestewa Peak, in Phoenix
It’s named after Army Pfc. Lori Piestewa (above) a 23-year-old Hispanic-Hopi mother of two from Tuba City on the Navajo Reservation, serving in the U.S. Army’s 507th Maintenance Company, who died after her convoy took a wrong turn and was ambushed near Nasiriyah Iraq, in March 2003. She was the first Native American female to die in combat.
When I lived in Phoenix, the name of Piestewa Peak was Squaw Peak. Most Native Americans never called it that because the term "squaw" is considered offensive to most Native Americans. It’s one of those words that once meant something inoffensive that became, once borrowed to be used in English language, something totally fucked up, you know, like “negro”.
Bottom line, the word is offensive to Native Americans and they spent years trying to change the name of Squaw Peak, which met with much resistance from “traditionalists” who wanted things to stay the same, “like the good ol’ days”.
Not the “good ol’ days” when there were only Native Americans in the area,
the “good ol’ days” when “Americans” showed up, corralled the Natives on the reservations and started naming mountains after offensive terms about Native American women.
…and “John Wayne called them that in his movies” is NOT a proper justification to use the word.
Nor was calling the mountain, “S-word Peak”.
I never understood the mind set that would come along a creek, admire the beauty of it all and say “You know a good name for this would be Dead Nigger Creek” or “Wow, that mountain looks like a Indian woman’s breast, so let’s name it Squaw Tit Mountain!”
Squaw Peak was renamed after Lori Piestewa in 2008, it should have happened when people requested it, shortly after her death in 2003 (An local American hero, killed in battle, get rid of that offensive ass name, win for everybody) but motherfuckers was still stuck on stupid, saying that there should be a five-year “cooling” off period before making such a “drastic” change (Translation: We gonna chill on this and maybe them Indians will forget about it)
The continued discussion about the name “Redskins” brought to mind the horrible name of “Squaw Peak”