Campaign to Change The Name

“Squaw” (in recognition of the harm this term represents, we will use “sq**w” from here on) is a profoundly offensive term that epitomizes the racism and sexism Native American women face. It has no place in our vocabulary, much less as the name of a place!

Despite overwhelming community support for a new name for their town, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors has so far refused to work with local Indigenous leaders to change this derogatory name.

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Indigenous advocate Roman C. Raintree and his daughter stand in front of a road sign that reads "Squaw Valley". The two are holding posters - one that reads "Rename Squaw Valley" and the other says "I am not a Squaw"
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Indigenous advocate Roman C. Rain Tree and his 10-year-old daughter, Lola, in front of the town sign for "Squaw Valley" in Fresno County.

ACT NOW: SUPPORT THE CALL TO CHANGE THE NAME

The ACLU is collecting signatures on behalf of the Rename S Valley Coalition. The Coalition is chaired by Roman C. Rain Tree (Dunlap Band of Mono & Choinumni), a lifetime resident of Fresno County.