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Shifting cultural winds amplify calls to rename Colorado’s peaks, valleys and creeks

Mount Evans, Squaw Mountain and Chinaman Gulch are among the geographic landmarks that are being eyed for renaming

A climber admires the view from near the summit of Mount Evans in Colorado. Mount Evans, in the Mount Evans Wilderness, is 14,265' in elevation and the 12th highest peak in Colorado. Although a paved road, State Highway 103,climbs the mountain and stops just below the summit there are many challenging routes for climbers. This photo was taken after an ascent on Mount Evan's West Ridge. Evans was originally named Mount Rosalie but was changed to Evans in 1895 for John Evans, the 2nd governor of Colorado who resigned for his part in the Sand Creek Massacre. (Dean Krakel, Special to The Colorado Sun)

It’s not just Colorado’s mountains: Outdoor industry brands, climbing routes also targeted for name changes

Golden's Yeti Cycles may drop the word "tribe" to describe annual gatherings, and climbing route names are changing as people grow weary of appropriated words and offensive terms used to label events and places.


A cartoonish Native American towering over Durango has divided the city. Should “the chief” stay or go?

The fate of the sign should be determined by “enlightened dialogue and not through mob rule,” says Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who wrote federal law protecting some monuments.


A Cherokee girl grows closer to her brother and a secret admirer in the aftermath of abduction

As a community struggles to overcome the violent abduction, one of the victims struggles with her personal demons as well

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Denied Cherokee citizenship, Colorado author Courtney Miller still yearned to preserve tribal culture in his writing

The author's extensive research into Native American culture -- especially Cherokee -- has produced two series of novels, plus a genre he dubbed "geezer lit"

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4 out of 5 Native American women are survivors of domestic or sexual violence. A Colorado Springs garden is helping them recover.

A vacant lot has been converted into the Haseya Indigenous Healing Garden, where Native women who have experienced violence can come together, garden, connect with others and use traditional ways of healing to make a life change


Excerpt: How museum collectors exploited Zuni poverty and damaged a civilization

In "Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits," author Chip Colwell explores the historical lust for artifacts and the fight to reclaim Native American culture

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Sacred objects, human remains and culture clash sparked a Colorado author’s desire to tell a tragic story

Denver museum curator Chip Colwell examined the tension between tribal communities and museums that continues to this day

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