Department of Interior renames 26 locations in Alaska to remove derogatory word for Native women | app

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Twenty-six locations in Alaska received new names this week as part of the Department of the Interior’s initiative to remove a derogatory word for Native women — a change that affects nearly 650 locations and geographical features across the country.

The official name change process took almost a year. In November 2021, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland unveiled an order to remove the word “sq—”, a slur for Indigenous women, from federal lands. Many native organizations, including the Federation of Alaska Natives and the Native American Rights Fund, have supported Haaland’s initiative.

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