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Locals advance new name for North Dakota community with Native slur in name

Local officials have advanced a replacement name for a community in western North Dakota that contains a Native slur amid a federal effort to rid the term from maps.

The McKenzie County Board of Commissioners last Wednesday supported the name “Homesteaders Gap” proposed by the Squaw Gap community, Auditor/Treasurer Erica Johnsrud told the Tribune.

Residents didn’t want to drop “gap” from the name, and “It’s all commonplace that we all come from homesteaders,” Squaw Gap native Ron Whited told the board.

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