Plan to change name of Soap Lake is rejected

Print
Email
|

Associated Press

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A state panel has rejected a plan to change the name of Soap Lake to the Salish word for healing waters, Smokiam (smoke-EYE'-um).

The Spokesman-Review (http://is.gd/dwsLm2 ) reports the state Committee on Geographic Names denied the proposal on Friday.

A proponent of the name change says the ancestors of the Colville Confederated Tribes called the 900-acre body of water Smokiam for 11,000 years.

When white settlers came to the area, they used several different names for the lake. After the town of Soap Lake was incorporated nearby, the lake gradually took on the same name but was never officially changed.

The Colville tribes, who spoke Salish, supported the name change, along with some residents interested in preserving the region's history.

___

Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

Print
Email
|
 
National News Video
More Video