Of all the problems currently facing the United States, locations named “squaw” are certainly the most pressing.
That would seem to be the opinion of the Department of the Interior, where head squaw Deb Haaland is looking using a federal task force to rename twenty-eight geographic locations across Colorado. The no-doubt expensive project (how big a task force does it take?) has literally nothing to do with preserving, protecting or managing those pieces of land. It is simply more “woke” posturing by a government that seems to know how to do little else, apart from breaking things.
Patch, which reported the story, was so shocked and dismayed at the word “squaw” that they would not print it. Instead they called it an “offensive ethnic, racial, and sexist slur, particularly for Indigenous women.”
A whopping 650 locations across the country have been identified as using the dangerous word “squaw.”
“Racist terms have no place in our vernacular or on our federal lands. Our nation’s lands and waters should be places to celebrate the outdoors and our shared cultural heritage – not to perpetuate the legacies of oppression,” Haaland said in a statement last November when the “Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force” was officially started.
In December Colorado renamed one of its mountains from Squaw to the much catchier Mestaa’ėhehe Mountain, which means Owl Woman and is not yet considered offensive.