Amador Supervisors Vote To Change The Name Of Squaw Ridge

Amador Supervisors Vote To Change The Name Of Squaw Ridge

The board of supervisors has voted to support changing the name of Squaw Ridge to Hungaleti Ridge. Squaw Ridge runs through Amador and Alpine Counties, east of Silver Lake. As part of a larger effort to remove the word “squaw” which most Native Americans consider an insulting term, the ridge would instead be named for the Washoe people who would travel to the area from the Tahoe Basin in wintertime. While most of the supervisors supported the proposal, supervisor Brian Oneto struck a contrary note, questioning if the word “squaw” was really offensive and the usefulness of the change. The proposal passed on a 4-0-1vote with Oneto abstaining. In other business, the board started the process of updating application fees for the county’s Building, Planning and Environmental Health Departments. It has been over a decade since the county updated these fees, so once updated they could double or even triple the cost of applications, partially new construction. The board also approved a new oral health program grant and the hiring of a new health educator position, a resolution declaring Tuesday, November 28th as Giving Tuesday in Amador County, and heard a report from School Superintendent Amy Slavensky on the state of the county’s schools. 

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