DENVER, Colorado — The Colorado Department of Natural Resources wants to end the use of a derogatory name assigned to landmarks and sites in the state.
Currently, there are 29 geographical sites with the term "squaw," which is derogatory to Native American women.
The proposed changes to the numerous sites come after the Colorado Geographic Naming Board changed the name of one mountain with that same term in Clear Creek County, now called Mestaa'ėhehe Mountain. The board voted in 2021 and is now continuing that change with other sites through the state spanning several counties.
On Sunday, the board alongside the Department of Natural Resources held a meeting to hold public comment and review suggestions made by the community.
In cases where Tribal Nations proposed a new name, the board voted to go with those suggestions. Many of the sites did not have suggestions from Tribal Nations, however.
None of the recommendations are official until the governor sends along his recommendations to the U.S. Department of Interior Taskforce.
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