Chief Sponsor: Jani Iwamoto

House Sponsor: Christine F. Watkins


8     General Description:
9          This bill addresses names of places.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     defines terms;
13          ▸     authorizes the Division of Indian Affairs to help facilitate the application process
14     for changing location names referring to American Indian terms;
15          ▸     requires reporting; and
16          ▸     makes technical changes.
17     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18          None
19     Other Special Clauses:
20          None
21     Utah Code Sections Affected:
22     AMENDS:
23          9-9-107, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 371
24     ENACTS:
25          9-9-112, Utah Code Annotated 1953

27     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28          Section 1. Section 9-9-107 is amended to read:
29          9-9-107. Division report.

30          The department shall include a report of the division's operations and
31     recommendations, including the division's activities under Section 9-9-112, in the annual
32     written report described in Section 9-1-208.
33          Section 2. Section 9-9-112 is enacted to read:
34          9-9-112. Geographic place names -- Role of division -- Report.
35          (1) As used in this section:
36          (a) "Location name referring to American Indians" means the name of a place in the
37     state that uses American Indian related terms.
38          (b) "Utah Committee on Geographic Names" means the committee created by
39     executive order of the governor that has a primary function to act as the state's liaison with the
40     United States Board on Geographic Names and to review geographic name changes and
41     additions in Utah.
42          (2) (a) To facilitate the United States Board on Geographic Names' application process
43     for changing a location name referring to American Indians, the division may create an
44     application template, in consultation with the Utah Committee on Geographic Names, for the
45     following to use:
46          (i) a county in which a place with a location name referring to American Indians is
47     located;
48          (ii) an Indian tribe that is connected to the geographic location referring to American
49     Indians for which the Indian tribe seeks to change the name;
50          (iii) a local community in and around a place with a location name referring to
51     American Indians; or
52          (iv) another person identified by the division in consultation with the Utah Committee
53     on Geographic Names.
54          (b) The application template described in Subsection (2)(a) shall encourage an
55     applicant to solicit feedback from the one or more tribal governments that are connected to the
56     geographic location for which the applicant is proposing to change the location name referring
57     to American Indians.

58          (c) If the division assists a person applying to change the location name referring to
59     American Indians, the division shall direct the person to consult with any tribal government
60     that is connected to the geographic location for which the location name referring to American
61     Indians is proposed to be changed so that a tribal government has an opportunity to provide an
62     official response.
63          (d) The division may bring proposed name changes to location names referring to
64     American Indians to tribal leaders to solicit input from the Indian tribes.
65          (3) The division shall provide on the division's website resources for applicants and
66     information about proposed changes to location names referring to American Indians.
67          (4) In accordance with Section 9-9-107, the division shall annually report to the Native
68     American Legislative Liaison Committee on the division's activities under this section.