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by Allen J. Sheinman | November 21, 2013

From Alaska to Wyoming, fully half of the states in the U.S. have Native American names (find them at native-languages.org/state-names.htm). While many of the largest cities in the country have such native names (e.g., Chicago; Milwaukee; Seattle; Tucson, Ariz.; Tulsa, Okla.; Omaha, Neb.; Minneapolis; and Wichita, Kansas), we like the following, less-heralded towns whose monikers are particularly flavorful and, we believe, would engender quite a spirited verbal Olympics among attendees, should you decide to hold a meeting in any of them. (For an interesting exercise, put "Hilton" in front of any of these.)

Chunnenuggee, Ala.
Chuathbaluk, Alaska
Nunapitsinkchak, Alaska
Chukut Kuk, Ariz.
Dennehotso, Ariz.
Mishopshnow, Calif.
Arickaree, Colo.
Terramuggus, Conn.
Ohathlockhouchy, Fla.
Nankipooh, Ga.
Ogeecheeton, Ga.
Oketeyeconne, Ga.
Kealakekua, Hawaii
Loogootee, Ill. (not to be confused with Loogootee, Ind.)
Niotaze, Kan.
Tyewhoppety, Ky.
Netpinunsh, La.
Pejepscot, Maine
Chicamuxen, Md.
Squibnocket, Mass.
Wingaersheek, Mass.
Shiawasseetown, Mich.
Naytahwaush, Minn.
Cuthi Uckehaca, Miss.
Oktibbeha, Miss.
Quofaloma, Miss.
Koshkonong, Mo.
Owyhee, Nev.
Pahrump, Nev.
Poocham, N.H.
Matchaponix, N.J.
Ohkay Owingeh, N.M.
Cattaraugus, N.Y.
Wykagyl, N.Y.
Okeewemee, N.C.
Scuppernong, N.C.
Wamduska, N.D.
Wakatomika, Ohio
Skiatook, Okla.
Neahkahnie Beach, Ore.
Umpqua, Ore.
Aquashicola, Pa.
Kittatinny, Pa.
Queonemysing, Pa.
Quonochontaug, R.I.
Salkehatchie, S.C.
Keyapaha, S.D.
Pukwana, S.D.
Nanatlugunyi, Tenn.
Orozimbo, Texas
Waxahachie, Texas
Pompanoosuc, Vt.
Machipongo, Va.
Monasukapanough, Va.
Chnak'wa'qn Breaks, Wash.
Skokomish, Wash.
Skookumchuck, Wash.
Cacapehon, W.Va.
Okonoko, W.Va.
Misha Mokwa, Wis.
Taycheedah, Wis.
Meeteetse, Wyo.

Source: Meetings & Conventions