Federal Actions and Educational Information
Secretarial Orders 3404 and 3405
Introduced in November, 2021 - SO 3404 (Declaring “Squaw” a Derogatory Term and Implementing Procedures to Remove the Term from Federal Usage) and SO3405 (which establishes a Federal Advisory Committee to broadly solicit, review, and recommend changes to other derogatory geographic names).
Please see more Information here: Press Release
Secretarial Order 3404: Link to Document Here
Secretarial Order 3405: Link to Document Here
Secretarial Order 3404 has been concluded - derogatory names under this order chaged/replaced in September, 2022.
List of names changed under S.O. 3404 and their replacements can be found here: Link
Interactive map of sites with offensive names that were managed by the S.O. 3404 Task Force: Link Here
"For. S.O. 3404, a list of all official feature names that include the word "Sq__", as recorded in the Board on Geographic Names (BGN) Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), is available at: THIS LINK." (See left side of page and click on "All Official SQ Names" link to see list). "Please note that a number of names on this list are outside the purview of the BGN, but are considered official for Federal use."
"A Guide to Changing Racist and Offensive Names on Public Lands" - A document published by the Wilderness Society: Link Here
Connect with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names
Additional Information/Helpful Documents for General Naming Process and Inquiries: