650 U.S. sites have offensive names changed
Last updated 9/30/2022 at 12:27pm
WASHINGTON, D.C-The Department of the Interior recently announced that the Board on Geographic Names (BGN) has voted on the final replacement names for nearly 650 geographic areas featuring the word "squaw." The government is renaming hundreds of peaks, lakes, streams and other geographical features on federal lands in the West and elsewhere.
The word "squaw" originated in the Algonquin language and experts say it probably once simply meant "woman." But over time, the word has morphed into often being a misogynist and racist term to disparage indigenous women.
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