These IE locations are targeted to be renamed to eliminate s-word – Press Enterprise
Even before Assemblyman James Ramos introduced legislation to remove the word “squaw” from geographic features and public places across California, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland had already established a process to examine and rename these places.
Haaland, who is of Native American descent and a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, announced in November that she had put in place a process to review and rename 650 geographic areas nationwide that scrambled American Indians, 114 of them in California and 10 of them in San Bernardino counties and River side.
“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 carry on the legacy of oppression,” Haaland said in a statement at the time.
She issued two orders. Secretarial Order 3404 establishes a federal task force to find alternate names for geographic features on federal lands bearing the term “squaw”. Secretarial Order 3405 creates a federal advisory committee to solicit, review and recommend changes to other geographic names and derogatory federal land units.
Here is a list of locations in Riverside and San Bernardino counties with the term “squaw” that are on Halaand’s list to rename: