To the Editor:

I appreciated Terry Steele's informative letter to you. Too bad it could not have been sent to the originator/s of this situation at the beginning. I feel very sad that the recognition of these Indian women is being erased from our land. These women had as much to do with opening up this country for settlement as did the traders and trappers that they were associated with.

As you stated in your article, the meaning of some words change over time. We have words in our own generation that have changed meaning. Take the word "gay" for instance. Who would dare call a happy person a gay person? If you could take a poll, I would guess that almost no one had any idea that "squaw" ever meant anything other than the name for an Indian woman. It's too bad it didn't stay that way.

Sandra Sutton

John Day

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