‘Dead Indian Memorial Road’ – Change it, or leave it?

Medford, Ore. —  An honor or offensive? That’s what Jackson County Commissioners have to decide about the name of ‘Dead Indian Memorial Road.’

They’re meeting a Wednesday night for a public hearing at the Jackson County Courthouse. This is a chance for anyone with strong feelings about the road’s name to make their voices heard.

Originally, the road was named after a historical event. According to an article written by Linda Lewis Miller, a group of two or three Shasta Indians stole horses from a ranch, and took them up into the hills.

The controversial name of the road has invited complaints and concerns from the public. So much so, the sign was vandalized earlier this year with the word “dead” spray painted over.

Commissioners planned Wednesday’s meeting to leave the question to the public.

NBC5 News want to hear from you – do you think the name “Dead Indian Memorial Road” honors the past, or do you find it offensive? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page.

NBC5 News reporter, weather forecaster, anchor Nikki Torres graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Strategic Communication from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

She also received a minor in Business Administration from the Washington State University Carson College of Business. Prior to coming to NBC5, Nikki was an intern at KHQ Local News, the NBC affiliate in Spokane.

She comes to Southern Oregon from the state of Washington, where she grew up just south of Seattle. She loves running, exploring the Pacific Northwest, watching a good football game and spending time with her dog, Gisele. True to her roots, Nikki is a proud WSU Cougar fan and loyal Seahawks fan.

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