Citing just one reservation, Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday greenlit changing the name Squaw Mountain in Clear Creek County to Mestaa’ėhehe Mountain and looked ahead to even more name changes across the state. Now only the U.S. Board on Geographic Names needs to approve the name Mestaa’ėhehe (pronounced mess-ta-HAY) Mountain before it becomes official and marks the first name change since Polis revived the Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board last summer. With more than a year back in action, the board is picking up its pace and considering new names for even more places across the state still grappling with its often racist or violent history.

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