The Sacramento Bee is reporting that Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is considering changing its name due to the word “squaw” being a racial slur.
The owners of Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe are inviting Native American leaders to discuss the use of the ethnic and sexist slur in its name, as the movement to remove symbols of colonialism and indigenous oppression has grown throughout the country. – Sacramento Bee
Christine Horvath, a representative from Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, told The Bee that the business is currently creating a plan to review the use of the term “squaw” and invite regional tribal leaders to provide guidance.
“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.”
It’s a good bet that the new name of the ski area will be “Olympic Valley” since that is already the name of the town that Squaw Valley ski resort resides within.