Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland is looking to rid places of racially derogatory names.

Context: The Interior Department will form a process to review and replace derogatory terms used in place names.

Haaland is the first Native American cabinet secretary and said the newly formed federal advisory committee will review and make recommendations.

The Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force will consult with the public and tribal leaders on potential changes.

Why this is important: This is not new. In 1962 then-Secretary Udall ordered the elimination of the use of the N-word and in 1974 the Bord of Geographic names identified Japenese as derogatory and eliminated that.


One example used was the word “squaw.” The term appears on more than 650 federal land units.

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