Bill aims to remove 'halfbreed' from place names
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10003) 6 years ago
HELENA — The words "half-breed" and "breed" are offensive, and it's the government's duty to remove them from the names of creeks and other places in Montana, a state lawmaker says.

Rep. Nicholas Schwaderer, R-Superior, on Thursday introduced a bill in the State Administration Committee that would require state and other agencies to strip the terms from maps, signs and markers when age or vandalism calls for an update. House Bill 331 also would create a volunteer advisory group to determine replacement names.

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Posted by Jim Jones (+156) 6 years ago
Another stupid bill. I know this reply will cause some folks to get a little bent out of shape, but does anybody know someone that is a "purebred"? Halfbreed does not necessarily mean native American. So, let's hear your thoughts.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10003) 6 years ago
I personally think the bill is a bit stupid as well.
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Posted by David Schott (+17184) 6 years ago
Next legislative session they plan to remove 'halfwit' from place names. Montana's place names shall no longer mock the G.O.P.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17494) 6 years ago
It would be interesting to see if the volunteer advisory group comes up with alternative lyrics to this Cher song....

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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11816) 6 years ago
I'm endlessly amused by privileged white folks thinking removing racist names is a waste of time. It's not up to you. The person who is offended by the name gets to make the call.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14970) 6 years ago
Well I for one am offended that Denton Field is not called Denton field. But I doubt anyone is going to do anything to mitigate my offendedness.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10003) 6 years ago
I don't really know if the places should be renamed or not, perhaps they should, but the same term is also used in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer". Perhaps it should be updated as well.
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Posted by David Schott (+17184) 6 years ago
I for one am offended that Pepsi Center is not called McNichols Arena to say nothing of the price of tea in China.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17494) 6 years ago
I for one am offended that Larry stripped my Founder status from my icon.

So, I suppose, we can all be offended for some reason or other.
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Posted by Don Birkholz (+1327) 6 years ago
I am extremely offended when I hear "Internal Revenue Service" Would someone please change that ^%$#@#$%&^&%%!!!!!!!!!! name?????
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Posted by tom regan (+2545) 6 years ago
This type of bill has been passed before in Montana. The 1999 legislature passed into law HB 412 to have the word "squaw" removed from all maps, signs and markers.
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Posted by Wayne White (+257) 6 years ago
What about Half & Half.
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