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Oregon Swastika Mountain To Get A New Name

By 08/30/2022 3:00 PMNo Comments

Eugene, Oregon’s Swastika Mountain standing at a height of 4,000 feet is soon to get an all-new name after a problematic one that has been around for years. 

Thanks to the effort of a local resident, named Joyce McClain who discovered the mountain’s existence last year- a petition was filed by the volunteer-run Oregon Geographic Names Board to change it. At a meeting this month, the board said it would support a name change to Mount Halo, named after Chief Halito, who led the area’s Indigenous Yoncalla Kalapuya tribe in the 1800s.

Source: NPR (U.S. Geological Survey)

The history of Swastika Mountain predates Nazi Germany. It was named after the town of Swastika, which in turn acquired its name because a local rancher used to brand his cattle with the symbol. Before the Nazis turned the swastika into a globally recognized symbol of hate, it signified good fortune and well-being in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

The name change is pending tribal approval but could be implemented as soon as next year.

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