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

CNN:

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.

Original article continues below. 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.

The company decided to drop the derogatory name after outreach to Native American groups, including the local Washoe Tribe. When the resort was named in 1949, there was no intent to be derogatory or offensive, the Tahoe-area resort stated.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.” Continue reading…

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