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Olympic skiing venue Squaw Valley Resort changes its 'racist, sexist name'

The Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski resort has announced it will change its name to Palisades Tahoe, effective immediately.

"Today marks the first day of the next chapter of our resort's storied history," the resort wrote in a message posted to its website and social media accounts. "While the name may be new, the legend and legacy of these valleys continue on, now as Palisades Tahoe."

The Washoe Tribe was part of the decision-making process on the new name.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows resort will be changing its name after the 2021 spring ski season, acknowledging that the word "squaw" is considered a "racist and sexist slur," according to a statement posted on the resort's website and social media accounts.

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by Anonymousreply 15September 14, 2021 11:28 PM


by Anonymousreply 1September 14, 2021 10:29 PM

Someone should object to “Grand Tetons”, too. That’s sexist.

by Anonymousreply 2September 14, 2021 10:29 PM

The word "squaw" was introduced by Lewis and Clark in 1805 and used by early fur traders and trappers, according to the University of Idaho. In today's social context, Native Americans understand the term to be a slur.

"With the momentum of recognition and accountability we are seeing around the country, we have reached the conclusion that now is the right time to acknowledge a change needs to happen," said Ron Cohen, president and COO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. "While we love our local history and the memories, we all associate with this place as it has been named for so long, we are confronted with the overwhelming evidence that the term 'squaw' is considered offensive."

by Anonymousreply 3September 14, 2021 10:30 PM

St least the third thread on this topic, mein Fuhrer.

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by Anonymousreply 4September 14, 2021 10:31 PM


by Anonymousreply 5September 14, 2021 10:31 PM

Next they'll make the New York State parks department change the name of Drunk Irish Whore Mountain and the Shiksa Lodge.

by Anonymousreply 6September 14, 2021 10:31 PM

[quote]Someone should object to “Grand Tetons”, too. That’s sexist.

2. Please tell us how? Seriously, I don't know.

by Anonymousreply 7September 14, 2021 10:32 PM

R4 is the hall monitor. Let's rough him up.

by Anonymousreply 8September 14, 2021 10:33 PM

R3 - 'in today's social context' - say what? Who the fuck is using the word squaw? And it was not a slur - it was a NATIVE AMERICAN word for a Native American woman.

When was the last time any of you even saw the word squaw let alone have it be derogatory?

No - it's just someone when on an online spree saying it was derogatory - added shit to Wikipedia and other places and now, thanks to someone having a bug up their ass, it's considered offensive.

Whatever. Like everyone's going around calling people squaws. Another bullshit movement.

by Anonymousreply 9September 14, 2021 10:38 PM

[quote] When was the last time any of you even saw the word squaw let alone have it be derogatory?

I watched Giant last weekend!

by Anonymousreply 10September 14, 2021 10:41 PM

R9. The Washoe Tribe was part of the decision-making process on the new name.

The word "squaw" obviously offended the tribe, who considers it a slur, even if it doesn't offend you.

by Anonymousreply 11September 14, 2021 11:04 PM

The new name "Palisades Tahoe" is fine and appears to please all parties involved.

by Anonymousreply 12September 14, 2021 11:06 PM

[quote] it was a NATIVE AMERICAN word for a Native American woman.

First Nations!

by Anonymousreply 13September 14, 2021 11:11 PM

The English word squaw is an ethnic and sexual slur, historically used for Indigenous North American women. Contemporary use of the term, especially by non-Natives, is considered offensive, derogatory, misogynist, and racist.

The term squaw is considered universally offensive by Indigenous groups in America and the First Nations due to its use for hundreds of years in a derogatory context, and due to usage that demeans Native American women, ranging from condescending images (e.g., picture postcards depicting "Indian squaw and papoose") to racialized epithets.[9][10] Alma Garcia has written, "It treats non-white women as if they were second-class citizens or exotic objects."

While some have studied the smaller fragments of Algonquian words that might be related to the word, no matter the linguistic origins, many Native women feel that any "reclamation" efforts would only apply to the small percentage of Native women from the Algonquian-language groups, and not to the vast majority of Native women who feel degraded by the term.

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by Anonymousreply 14September 14, 2021 11:27 PM

The National Weather Service will be ordered to also stop reporting on rain squalls, just to be on the safe side.

by Anonymousreply 15September 14, 2021 11:28 PM
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