Column: Would anyone call Piestewa a 'squaw'?
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"I'm wondering if during her short life Army Pfc. Lori Piestewa was ever referred to as a "squaw." It will never happen now. She has earned that much. Not just for herself, but for every woman like her.

There have been suggestions over the years to remove the word from parks and public facilities. But these suggestions have failed. Those who like the word point out that in many dictionaries, "squaw" is simply defined as a Native American woman. They say that Indians who find the word offensive are thin-skinned and that non-Indians who believe the word is derogatory are either misinformed liberals or the softheaded victims of an educational system that has replaced historical fact with out-of-control political correctness.

Given that, I'm wondering now if there is anyone out there who would dare to call Pfc. Piestewa, the first Native American servicewoman to die in combat, a "squaw." I have been checking the newspaper headlines and the TV broadcasts for days and I haven't seen it yet."

Get the Story:
E. J. Montini: Who would call warrior 'squaw'? (The Arizona Republic 4/8)

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