A Change.org petition started by Jodi Lynn Maracle is calling for the City of Buffalo in New York to change the name of Squaw Island Park.
“It is embarrassing and reprehensible that the Queen City, the City of Good Neighbors, Buffalo, NY, would continue to use such an antiquated, racist and sexist term to describe one of her beautiful parks,” the petition reads.
“The term ‘squaw’ is a disparaging and offensive racial slur used in reference to Native women akin to the English word c**t. It dehumanizes and objectifies Native women and disrespects women everywhere,” the petition continues.
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The petition, posted to Change.org on November 9 already has more than 200 signatures. The goal for the petition is 266 signatures. Visit Change.org to add yours and urge the Buffalo Common Council to change the name.
“The name Squaw Island is racist and sexist,” said petition signer Maria Daxenbichler, of Buffalo. “The city of Buffalo should honor the legacy of the first nations who live here, not ridicule it with such an offensive term.”