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The Biden administration has begun the method of changing the names of some of the nation’s federal lands which have been deemed “derogatory.”

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland introduced in a press release Friday that her division has formally established a “process to review and replace” derogatory names resembling “squaw” from federal utilization. 

President Joe Biden, with Vice President Kamala Harris, arrives to speak before signing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden, with Vice President Kamala Harris, arrives to converse earlier than signing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure invoice into regulation throughout a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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“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 stated. “Today’s actions will accelerate an important process to reconcile derogatory place names and mark a significant step in honoring the ancestors who have stewarded our lands since time immemorial.”

The assertion provides, “Secretarial Order 3404 formally identifies the time period “squaw” as derogatory and creates a federal task force to find replacement names for geographic features on federal lands bearing the term. The term has historically been used as an offensive ethnic, racial, and sexist slur, particularly for Indigenous women. There are currently more than 650 federal land units that contain the term, according to a database maintained by the Board on Geographic Names.”

FILE - In this July 14, 2021, file photo, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland meets with young people from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe after a ceremony of the disinterred remains of nine Native American children who died more than a century ago while attending a government-run school in Pennsylvania.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

FILE – In this July 14, 2021, file photograph, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland meets with younger folks from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe after a ceremony of the disinterred stays of 9 Native American kids who died greater than a century in the past whereas attending a government-run faculty in Pennsylvania.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

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The division created a Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force which is able to embody range, fairness, and inclusion consultants from inside the division and would require the duty power to interact with Tribal leaders throughout the nation on proposed identify adjustments for federal lands.

“Together, the Secretarial Orders will accelerate the process by which derogatory names are identified and replaced. Currently, the Board on Geographic Names is structured, by design, to act on a case-by-case basis through a process that puts the onus on the proponents to identify the offensive name and to suggest a replacement,” the division added. “The process to secure review and approvals can be lengthy, often taking years to complete a name change. Currently, there are hundreds of name changes pending before the Board. The newly established Federal Advisory Committee will facilitate a proactive and systematic development and review of these proposals, in consultation with local community representatives.”

FILE - In this April 23, 2021, file photo, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland speaks during a news briefing at the White House in Washington. On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, Haaland and other federal officials are expected to announce steps that the federal government plans to take to reconcile the legacy of boarding school policies on Indigenous families and communities across the U.S. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

FILE – In this April 23, 2021, file photograph, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland speaks throughout a news briefing on the White House in Washington. On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, Haaland and different federal officers are anticipated to announce steps that the federal authorities plans to take to reconcile the legacy of boarding faculty insurance policies on Indigenous households and communities throughout the U.S. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

“Names that still use derogatory terms are an embarrassing legacy of this country’s colonialist and racist past,” stated John Echohawk, govt director of the Native American Rights Fund, stated in a statement responding to Haaland’s transfer. “It is well-past time for us, as a nation, to move forward, beyond these derogatory terms, and show Native people — and all people — equal respect.”