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Tue Sep 14, 2021, 02:57 PM

A Tahoe Ski Resort Ditches Its Name, Saying It's Racist And Sexist

The famed Squaw Valley ski resort near Lake Tahoe is changing its name, after a long debate and input from Native American tribes. The leadership of the resort, which will now be known as Palisades Tahoe, says, "The old name was derogatory and offensive."

The California resort made the decision to change the name last summer, as many U.S. institutions and communities contemplated the legacy of centuries of racism. In recent decades, several other locations, in states from Minnesota to Oregon, have dropped the term from place names.

In modern usage, the word "squaw" is considered to be "offensive, derogatory, racist, and misogynistic," the resort, formerly known as Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, said as it explained its reasoning.

The change is being praised by the Washoe Tribe, whose ancestral lands include the valley where the resort is located. The word "doesn't originate from the Washoe people," as Capital Public Radio reported last year.


https://www.npr.org/2021/09/14/1036914217/palisades-tahoe-ski-resort-changes-name-racist-sexist

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Reply A Tahoe Ski Resort Ditches Its Name, Saying It's Racist And Sexist (Original post)
Jilly_in_VA Sep 14 OP
DBoon Sep 14 #1
tinrobot Sep 14 #5
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Lunabell Sep 14 #3
Sneederbunk Sep 14 #4
mahatmakanejeeves Sep 14 #7
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luv2fly Sep 14 #11

Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:00 PM

1. "Palisades Tahoe" also sounds very affluent

Maybe part of the reason for the name change?

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Response to DBoon (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:06 PM

5. Palisades is an iconic run at the mountain.

Steep chutes with lots of powder. I still haven't found the courage to ski off the edge of that one.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:02 PM

2. There's actually two mountains under the Palisades brand.

It used to be Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

Now, it is Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows, which are both part of Palisades Tahoe.

I like that they managed to get around the IOC and have the "Olympic" name in there somewhere. The 1960 Winter Olympics were held there, so they have some right to use that word.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:03 PM

3. Good.

We WILL cancel bigoted and hateful culture. We've endured this crap long enough.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:05 PM

4. The 1960 Winter Olympics should never be mentioned again.

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Response to Sneederbunk (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:16 PM

7. On account of ...? NT

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #7)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:19 PM

8. Google is your friend.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:07 PM

6. Historical!

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:34 PM

9. The word squaw

https://indiancountrytoday.com/archive/the-word-squaw-offensive-or-not



Long-tailed Duck formerly called "Oldsquaw"

As a birder, I was aware of the long tradition of keeping birds' historic names, the spelling of binomial taxonomic names, and even poorly descriptive common names stagnant even if inaccurate. But in the '70s and '80s that became untenable for a flood of reasons. Names of birds both common and Scientific binomials began to feel the pressure of accurate Latin spelling, descriptions, newly described species, AND social sensitivities.

And so, the beloved name Oldsqauw became Long-tailed Duck.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:39 PM

10. This is a good thing, long overdue.

I ran into another article about this last night, with a more in-depth exploration of how the name change came about. It's an interesting read.

https://www.sfgate.com/renotahoe/article/Tahoe-ski-resort-Squaw-Valley-finally-loses-its-16455765.php

A year ago, a woman who is a member of the Washoe Tribe told me that every time she sees the "s-word," she feels a full-body reaction. The word, "squaw," is a painful reminder that historic violence against Indigenous people continues to linger in our daily lives, she said, as I was reporting a story for the Tahoe Quarterly.

The word has no ties to the language of the Washoe Tribe, whose ancestral land encompasses Lake Tahoe and the surrounding region; their word for women is damumóˑʔmoʔ. But it traveled across the country with settlers more than 150 years ago and was used to assert power over Indigenous people. Today, the slur is still displayed prominently in Washoe ancestral land. [snip]

For decades, the Washoe Tribe has been asking the ski resort to change its name. And now, they are welcoming the announcement of Palisades Tahoe. But more than the new name itself, the tribe has expressed gratitude that the slur will be removed from their ancestral land.

Tribal Chairman Serrell Smokey, in a statement, calls the name change a “positive step forward.”

“The Washoe people have lived in the area for thousands of years,” said Smokey. “We have great reverence for our ancestors, history and lands. We are very pleased with this decision; today is a day that many have worked towards for decades.”

Darrel Cruz, historic preservation officer for the Washoe Tribe, gives credit for the decision to change the name of the ski resort to Ron Cohen, the former chief operating officer of the ski resort.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 04:00 PM

11. Good on them

Of course Republicans who have never stepped foot in a ski resort are going to complain.

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