Blacksburg, White Plains, Coon Rapids, Indianapolis, Brownsville, Squaw Valley …
As crises pile up in the United States, it’s place names like these that the U.S. Department of the Interior is worried about. It is “working” to review and replace names that make liberals cringe with new, sanitized, politically correct ones.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said on Nov. 19 that her agency plans to replace “racially derogatory” terms used in the names of places on federal lands, The Hill reports.
Take that, history.
As the nation’s first Native American Cabinet secretary, Haaland has declared the term “squaw” to be derogatory, and has ordered the creation of procedures to replace its use in the names of more than 650 federal land units, according to Board on Geographic Names data.
Perhaps emboldened by how easy it is to be secretary of the interior, Haaland went on to form a federal committee to review other “derogatory” names for federal land. The impressively named Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force will work hard with public and tribal representatives on changing names, according to a statement.
“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 on Nov. 19.
Haaland, whose jurisdiction includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs, has concentrated on Native American issues and tribal relations with the federal government since taking office.