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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The University of Colorado is backing away from a proposal to name two of its dorms after two Arapaho chiefs using the tribe's traditional spellings.

A proposal before the school's regents Friday would re-name the buildings as Niwot and Little Raven halls, rather than Nowoo3 and Houusoo. Both were prominent chiefs in the mid-1800s.

More than 20 faculty members backed using the Arapaho spellings but university spokesman Ryan Huff told the Daily Camera that administrators think that the English names will be easier for students, visitors and emergency responders to recognize.

A descendant of Chief Little Raven, Ava Hamilton, says her family is excited about the honor but wonders why the university can't use both the English and the Arapaho spellings on the dorms.

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Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/

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