California ski resort Squaw Valley changing name, citing offensive word

Posted at 11:08 AM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 14:08:33-04

TAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Officials say California's popular Squaw Valley Ski Resort will change its name because the word "squaw" is a derogatory term for Native American women.

Ron Cohen, president and COO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadow, says the decision was reached after consulting with Native American groups and extensive research into the etymology and history of the term "squaw."

It derived from the Algonquin language, may have once simply meant "woman," but over generations, the word morphed into a misogynist and racist term to disparage indigenous women.

The new name is expected to be announced next year.

Squaw Valley Ski Resort was the scene of the 1960 Winter Olympics.