A guide to changing racist and offensive names on public lands

Organizational Author The Wilderness Society
Date Published 12/13/2022
Resource Type Guide
Tags Conservation & Biodiversity

Resource Summary

Across the United States, thousands of mountains, rivers, lakes and other features on public lands bear racist and offensive names. From tributes to Confederate leaders, to ethnic and misogynistic slurs, these names perpetuate a violent and oppressive history of colonization and make public lands less welcoming.

To help address this issue, The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (NATHPO) and The Wilderness Society have co-sponsored a guide that aims to make it easier for First Nations, grassroots organizations, local leaders and the general public to change offensive and derogatory places names on public lands. “A Guide to Changing Racist and Offensive Place Names in the United States” summarizes the scope of the problem, outlines which place names can be changed and provides a step-by-step manual on the renaming process.

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