Tahoe Ski Resort Drops ‘Derogatory And Offensive’ Squaw Valley Name

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Lake Tahoe’s famous Squaw Valley Ski Resort in California is shifting its “derogatory and offensive” identify to Palisades Tahoe, the corporation introduced in a statement Monday.

The resort, which hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics, has had the controversial identify — which the assertion referred to as a “racist and sexist slur” towards indigenous females — for 72 a long time.

“At the stop of the working day, ‘squaw’ is a hurtful word, and we are not hurtful people today,” vacation resort President Dee Byrne explained in her statement. “It was a improve that wanted to be built for us to keep on to hold our heads large as a leader in our business and group. We have a effectively-acquired name as a progressive resort … and development just cannot occur devoid of transform.”

It was the “right matter to do and I assume it’s going to make a distinction. I believe we’re heading to be viewed as a more welcoming, inclusive vacation resort and local community,” she said.

The resort, about 200 miles northeast of San Francisco, is in Olympic Valley, which was recognised as Squaw Valley right up until it hosted the 1960 Wintertime Olympics.

The resort’s brand is also getting adjusted to an eagle’s head. The new identify and emblem will also consist of its partner ski resort, previously named Alpine Meadows.

The head of the council of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California expressed “great appreciation” for the “positive action.”

The “Washoe People have lived in the spot for thousands of several years we have terrific reverence for our ancestors, background and lands,” Chairman Serrell Smokey claimed in a assertion. “We are pretty pleased with this choice today is a working day that many have worked in the direction of for a long time.”

The ski resort came up with the new name throughout session with the tribe about the earlier calendar year. The Palisades is a collection of peaks in the central Sierra Nevada, where the vacation resort is situated. 

Rebranding to take out the old title will start out straight away, according to the company. All gear with the “Squaw” symbol has been eradicated from the retail stores, and names on signals are being changed. But the vacation resort questioned for endurance as the old identify and logo appear in “thousands of areas across the resort.”

Most of the “public-experiencing signage … will be removed by the start out of this year’s ski time,” explained the firm assertion, “but we anticipate it will choose many seasons in advance of it is completely replaced.”  

Palisades Tahoe is the major ski resort in the Lake Tahoe area, with about 6,000 skiable acres throughout two mountains.

 Here’s the video the vacation resort unveiled saying the identify adjust:

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