Thirteen New Mexico Sites Renowned For Eliminating Derogatory Words | Local News

People will see a change in the colloquial name of a river, peak, valley or other natural feature if it contains “squaw”, a word that Native women have long considered demeaning, but which was accepted in mainstream white culture until recently.

At the request of US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the geographic names agency’s board of directors spent months combing through suggested replacement names and last week approved those to be used.

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