Phoenix adds signs for Piestewa Peak amid street name controversy

One of the most important and difficult tasks faced by the US Board of Geographic Names is to review official placenames that may now be considered derogatory or offensive. For example, considerable work has been done to replace placenames that are considered insulting to Native Americans. Despite this positive and constructive goal, it is not always easy for US officials to change pre-existing toponyms. Government leaders in Phoenix, Arizona have found themselves facing just such an onomastic controversy with some residents lobbying for Piestewa Peak in honor of first Native American woman to die in combat serving the US military. To learn more about the situation, read this article at AZCentral.