The Biden administration has begun the process of replacing the names of some of the nation’s federal lands that have been deemed “derogatory.”
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced in a press release that her department has formally established a “process to review and replace” derogatory names such as “squaw” from federal usage.
“Racist terms have no place in our vernacular or on our federal lands. 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,” Haaland said. “Today’s actions will accelerate an important process to reconcile derogatory place names and mark a significant step in honoring the ancestors who have stewarded our lands since time immemorial.”
The statement adds, “Secretarial Order 3404 formally identifies the term “squaw” as derogatory and creates a federal task force to find replacement names for geographic features on federal lands bearing the term. The term has historically been used as an offensive ethnic, racial, and sexist slur, particularly for Indigenous women. There are currently more than 650 federal land units that contain the term, according to a database maintained by the Board on Geographic Names.”
The department created a Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force, which will include diversity, equity, and inclusion experts from within the department and will require the task force to engage with Tribal leaders across the country on proposed name changes for federal lands.
“Together, the Secretarial Orders will accelerate the process by which derogatory names are identified and replaced. Currently, the Board on Geographic Names is structured, by design, to act on a case-by-case basis through a process that puts the onus on the proponents to identify the offensive name and to suggest a replacement,” the department added. “The process to secure review and approvals can be lengthy, often taking years to complete a name change. Currently, there are hundreds of name changes pending before the Board. The newly established Federal Advisory Committee will facilitate a proactive and systematic development and review of these proposals, in consultation with local community representatives.”
“Names that still use derogatory terms are an embarrassing legacy of this country’s colonialist and racist past,” said John Echohawk, executive director of the Native American Rights Fund, said in a statement responding to Haaland’s move. “It is well-past time for us, as a nation, to move forward, beyond these derogatory terms, and show Native people — and all people — equal respect.”
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How come all the now derogatory names were okay from the beginning and now suddenly are so wrong? I am Indian and I do not mind the name squaw. First, it really isn’t used anymore as humans became more refined, or have they? I believe we are more bicameral than ever. Politics has become so disgusting, immoral and illegal instead of more kind and reassuring than ever before and it all starts with Nancy Pelosi, Hillary and Obama. They are happily rebuilding the tower of Sodom and Gomorrah called Babel.
I agree with Corruptionhater. Also isn’t a squaw a weather term when a storm pops up or do they just spell it different? And I agree that they are rebuilt the Tower of Babel. I read The Harbinger and it’s all there for the world to see.
Have had enough of this woke,left wing liberal bullshit!
Let the indigenous folk have the final say. For anyone else to decide what is derogatory is just wrong. Too many words and names are arbitrarily called derogatory out of Political Correctness (PC), and PC blows many different directions, depending on who is making the claim. Many situations such as sports team names are clearly NOT derogatory – who would choose to name their team after something that they disrespected? The example of “squaw” given here seems utterly ridiculous since that is an American-Indian word; are Indians going to be derided if they use the word?
Dems can do what they want now, but when red wave hits we will reverse ALL their S*it.
They are cowards and anti- American and should be tried for treason. Hate ALL socialist dingbats- can’t wait until we bury them!!!!
This women and the admin are being paid to come up with these stupid ideas. Wow….they really have nothing better to do. Names that have been around “forever” are now not allowed. Idiots best describes these people.
Used to go to the Sierra Nevada mountains in CA. Always stopped in Bishop a a bakery to load up on Squaw Bread – is that forever banned also??? It was/is the greatest tasting wheat bread I have ever had. Stoopiditty reigns supreme!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Haaland has become a Biden puppet,,has ignored countless attempts by native americans to relist Wolves and other endangered species from irradiation! She is a disgrace to native Americans and only wants to please the tarnished house in Washington. It is shameful she thinks that places, or lands are derogatory! How is it they have been great for hundreds of years but Biden in his delusional mind wants to change things for what ever his feeble mind thinks is appropriate!! What a shame a native american woman wants to change the name “squaw” as dergoratory but yet she is a squaw and should be proud of her heritage! She instead trashes her native history and trashes other native history in the process!! she should be stricken from native history !! And in her reluctance to resestblish the ESA,, hundreds of wolves are being killed and she does not care!!!!!!!!!!! Shame on u Haaland!
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