A grassroots movement brewing in Fresno County to rename the rural town of Squaw Valley has led to an official request to the federal government to weigh in on the matter. This month, Fresno resident Roman Rain Tree sent a proposal to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names to rename the town Nuum Valley. The reason for Rain Tree's action is simple: The term "squaw" is "deeply offensive, racist, misogynistic and derogatory," he wrote in his petition. The small ranching community in Fresno County is not to be confused with the Lake Tahoe ski town of the same name, which is about a five-hour drive north. However, the Tahoe town, an unincorporated community, has been reckoning with its own history since the world-famous Squaw Valley ski area opted to change its name to Palisades Tahoe last fall. The Board on Geographic Names, which operates under the secretary of the interior, is tasked with evaluating the names of federal lands, sites and places nationwide. Since Fresno County's Squaw Valley is an unincorporated community, changing its name on federal maps and products is subject to the board's discretion. In an email response, a board staffer said that the board would solicit input… Read full this story
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