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Colorado naming board scrubs slur squaw from 28 geographic features

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The Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board on Sunday began the process of scrubbing the offensive slur “squaw” from 28 of the state’s peaks, valleys, passes and creeks. 

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland in November created a committee to strip the offensive name from federal maps. The Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force in February identified 660 features on federal land with the name, including 28 in Colorado.

A special meeting by the state naming advisory board on Sunday approved a host of new names for the 28 geographic features carrying the slur, which will be referred to as S-word in this story. 

The flurry of proposed name changes occurred with rare rapidity. Before Sunday the state board had officially recommended changing two features since it began meeting in…

Jason Blevins

2022-04-11 04:15:00

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