Deb Haaland Declares ‘Squaw’ A Derogatory Term, Orders Removal From Federal Lands

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday created a new process for reviewing and replacing derogatory names currently used on federal lands, and moved forward with immediately getting rid of one of those words: “squaw.”

The term has historically been used as a racist and sexist slur, particularly aimed at Native American women. There are currently more than 650 federal land units that use the word, according to a database maintained by the Board on Geographic Names, which is the federal…

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