Inside Division removes anti-native slur from use in federal place names

Inside Division removes anti-native slur from use in federal place names

The Interior Department announced Thursday that it has succeeded in removing a slur for Native American women from federal place names after announcing a review in November.

In the announcement, the department said the federal Board of Geographic Names voted on alternate names for more than 600 locations that included the slur “squaw.” The division also issued a comprehensive map of locations where place names had been changed.

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Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, the first Native American to run the place, submitted the assessment late last year in conjunction with a federal committee to assess the use of slurs and pejoratives in federal place names.

“I truly feel a deep obligation to use my platform to make sure our public lands and waters are accessible and welcoming. That begins with eradicating the racist and derogatory names that have adorned federal areas for far too long,” Haaland said in a statement Thursday.

“I thank the members of the Derogatory Geographic Names Activity Lobby and the Geographic Names Board for their efforts in prioritizing this vital work. Collectively, we are showing why enlightenment is a problem and charting a path for an inclusive America.”

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The division’s Derogatory Geographic Names Activity Pressure reviewed more than 1,000 suggestions for new new names, considering issues such as geographic options that cross tribal, federal, and state jurisdictions and conflicting suggestions. In July, the division introduced an additional assessment of seven areas considered unincorporated populated locations.

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The assessment took similar steps to swap anti-Black and anti-Japanese slurs in place names, in addition to previous legal rules issued in Maine, Minnesota, Montana, and Oregon that prohibit the use of “squaw” in place names.

Haaland has introduced many initiatives under the Inside umbrella aimed at strengthening federal-tribal relations and addressing Native issues. The department also presented an evaluation of last year’s federal boarding schools, where scores of Native children had been forcibly placed.

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