Cal­i­for­nia’s Squaw Val­ley re­sort chang­ing its name

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION / WORLD -

TA­HOE CITY, Calif. — Cal­i­for­nia’s pop­u­lar Squaw Val­ley Ski Re­sort will change its name be­cause the word “squaw” is a deroga­tory term for Na­tive Amer­i­can women, of­fi­cials an­nounced Tues­day. The site was the scene of the 1960 Win­ter Olympics.

The de­ci­sion was reached af­ter con­sult­ing with lo­cal Na­tive Amer­i­can groups and ex­ten­sive re­search into the etymology and his­tory of the term “squaw,” said Ron Co­hen, pres­i­dent and COO of Squaw Val­ley Alpine Mead­ows. The word “squaw,” 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.

Po­lice: Earle died of prob­a­ble over­dose

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nashville po­lice said a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death of singer-song­writer Justin Townes Earle shows his death was a prob­a­ble drug over­dose. Po­lice spokesman Don Aaron said of­fi­cers did a wel­fare check at Earle’s home on Sun­day where he was found dead. A friend called po­lice af­ter no one had heard from the 38-year-old since Thurs­day. Aaron said there were no signs of a strug­gle or foul play. Au­topsy re­sults are pend­ing.

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