Homeowners fight Phoenix mayor's plan to change street name

Though the name of the mountain has changed, Squaw Peak Drive kept its name.

PHOENIX (AP) - A majority of homeowners along a Phoenix street with a name that many people consider a derogatory term for Native American women are pushing back against Mayor Greg Stanton's plan to change the street name.
Sixteen of the 21 homeowners signed a petition that was presented to the City Council last month asking Stanton not to rename Squaw Peak Drive.
The street is at the base of a mountain that had its name changed from "Squaw Peak" to "Piestewa Peak" more than a decade ago in honor of fallen American Indian soldier Lori Piestewa. Some say the street should also be named in honor of Piestewa.
Stanton said in a Friday statement his staff is working to change the name in a way that's least inconvenient to nearby homeowners.

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