On June 23, at 6 pm PST, local tribal members and community leaders will gather virtually to discuss the ongoing harm caused by the name and make a case for why renaming the valley is necessary and urgent.
“Squaw” is a deeply offensive term that epitomizes the racism and sexism Native American women face. It has no place in our vocabulary, much less as the name for a community.
Federal agencies, state and local governments, and even an Olympic ski resort have recognized the term squaw as a racial slur. However, in Fresno County, the Board of Supervisors has refused to put changing the name on their agenda despite significant community support for renaming the valley and many attempts at open dialog.
We encourage members of the public and the press to join us on June 23 and to amplify the call to end the use of this harmful term as a place name.