"SQUAW VALLEY" CHANGE OF NAME

Spokesman Review

By Colin Tiernan - SPOKESMAN REVIEW

For decades, hundreds of geographical place names have insulted Native American women.

Squaw Canyon. Squaw Valley. Squaw Creek.

More than 650 geographical features on U.S. public lands include the racial slur “squaw,” an offensive term for a Native American woman.

In Washington, 18 geographical features bear the slur. But not for much longer.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is renaming the 650-plus features and seeking public comment as it goes through the process.

“Racist terms have no place in our vernacular or on our federal lands,” Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said in a November press release. “Our nation’s lands and waters should be places to celebrate the outdoors and our shared cultural heritage – not to perpetuate the legacies of oppression.” Read whole of Spokesman Review's article HERE