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File #: 57522    Version: 1 Name: Supporting changing the name of Squaw Bay to Wiicawak Bay.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 9/16/2019 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 10/1/2019 Final action: 10/1/2019
Enactment date: 10/4/2019 Enactment #: RES-19-00687
Title: Supporting changing the name of Squaw Bay to Wiicawak Bay.
Sponsors: Arvina Martin, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
10/1/20191 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/16/20191 Council Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available

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Supporting changing the name of Squaw Bay to Wiicawak Bay.


WHEREAS, Madison and Dane County occupies part of the ancestral lands of the Ho-Chunk Nation, formerly known as the Wisconsin Winnebago Tribe. The city and county acknowledges this occupation, and values and celebrates the historical significance of these lands for the Ho-Chunk Nation; and,


WHERES, some names once assigned to geographic features in the past are inappropriate and offensive to the Ho-Chunk Nation; and,


WHEREAS, the Southeast corner of Lake Monona, Squaw Bay, is one such name; and,


WHEREAS, Ho-Chunk members were known to excel as fur trappers when this land was their land; and,


WHEREAS, the muskrat, one animal trapped, remains highly revered and celebrated by the Ho-Chunk Nation and the word muskrat in the Ho-Chunk language is Wiicawak Bay (We-cha-wuk); and,


WHEREAS, in 2005, the Ho-Chunk Nation Traditional Court recommended renaming Squaw Bay to Muskrat Bay, and have recently renewed this request,


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mayor and Common Council supports Dane County’s request to the Dane County Department of Planning and Development to make application to the Wisconsin Geographic Names Council by October 1, 2019 and the U.S. Board of Geographic Names to change the name of Squaw Bay to Wiicawak Bay.