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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 Friday 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. 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."
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.
originally posted by: Allaroundyou
a reply to: carewemust
I'm going to be honest I have never heard that word that I can remember. So I looked it up and don't really see how that is offensive. I guess you could use it in a derogatory way, don't really see the point in doing so though.
Interesting thread and thanks for learning me tonight.
originally posted by: burdman30ott6
a reply to: carewemust
So the nation is so horribly mismanaged that Biden's approval rating has to look up to see the toilet, and he has time for this pandering horse#?
This is why the man is a loser and why it's unfathomable that he legitimately won that election. It's easier to believe he cheated than to suffer through believing 81 million Americans are that goddamned stupid.
originally posted by: TzarChasm
It's derived from Algonquin for "woman". Correct spelling is "skwa" so maybe amend that specific detail but otherwise... it's a noun like any other.
originally posted by: F2d5thCavv2
Yeah, I think "brave" is considered the same way as well these days. Not that I've ever heard anyone use those words in everyday conversation; I think when I heard them it was in the context of TV or a film.