(KTLA) – racial slurs used to identify hundreds of landmarks and geographic locations across the country are replaced.
The world will be purged of nearly 650 geographic features across the country, ending centuries of offensive terminology used in an official capacity.
the term (in its most recent version Press Releases on this topic) has always been used as an offensive racist and sexist term, especially against indigenous and indigenous women.
Efforts to remove the term from U.S. dictionaries have been going on for generations, but Interior Secretary Debu Harland created a task force to review and replace the term and ordered federal agencies responsible for naming geographic locations to no longer use it.
HarlandThe first Native American to serve as Cabinet Secretary in the United States, he thanked the Task Force and Geographic Names Committee for their cooperation and prioritization of the project.
“I feel deeply compelled to use my platform to ensure that our public lands and waters are accessible and welcoming. It starts with removing racist and derogatory names that have been in the Commonwealth for too long,” Harland said in a press release.
Since the task force’s inception, more than a thousand different names have been recommended in public comment, with input from historians and tribal leaders across the country.
The task force, which includes members from the National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Land Management and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights, faced many challenges.
They were tasked with evaluating proposals from state and tribal leaders for geographic features that frequently appear in various state, federal and tribal jurisdictions. They must also assess inconsistent native language spellings and assess the varying opinions of those who make suggestions.
Eventually, nearly 650 geographical sites were renamed.