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American West Center highlights Indigenous place names in Utah

Mount Timpanogos
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Mount Timpanogos' name also comes from Indigenous language.

As part of Native American Heritage Month, the American West Center is highlighting Indigenous place names across Utah.

Many of Utah’s most prominent natural features are named after Indigenous words including the Oquirrh mountains, from the Goshute word for "wooded mountain."

The social media campaign hopes to highlight that Native people’s histories are a central part of Utah’s history and its natural features.

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