Tahoe Ski Lodge Drops ‘Derogatory And Offensive’ Squaw Valley Identify

Lake Tahoe’s well-known Squaw Valley Ski Lodge in California is converting its “derogatory and offensive” title to Palisades Tahoe, the corporate introduced in a commentary Monday.

The lodge, which hosted the 1960 Iciness Olympics, has had the debatable title — which the commentary known as a “racist and sexist slur” in opposition to indigenous girls — for 72 years.

“On the finish of the day, ‘squaw’ is a hurtful phrase, and we aren’t hurtful other people,” lodge President Dee Byrne mentioned in her commentary. “It was once a transformation that had to be made for us to proceed to carry our heads prime as a pace-setter in our trade and group. Now we have a well-earned recognition as a revolutionary lodge … and growth can’t occur with out alternate.”

It was once the “proper factor to do and I feel it’s going to make a distinction. I feel we’re going to be observed as a extra welcoming, inclusive lodge and group,” she mentioned.

The lodge, about 200 miles northeast of San Francisco, is in Olympic Valley, which was once referred to as Squaw Valley till it hosted the 1960 Iciness Olympics.

The lodge’s brand may be being modified to an eagle’s head. The brand new title and brand can even come with its spouse ski lodge, previously named Alpine Meadows.

The pinnacle of the council of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California expressed “nice appreciation” for the “sure step.”

The “Washoe Other people have lived within the house for 1000’s of years; we’ve nice reverence for our ancestors, historical past and lands,” Chairman Serrell Smokey mentioned in a commentary. “We’re more than happy with this choice; nowadays is an afternoon that many have labored against for many years.”

The ski lodge got here up with the brand new title all through session with the tribe over the last 12 months. The Palisades is a sequence of peaks within the central Sierra Nevada, the place the lodge is situated. 

Rebranding to take away the outdated title will start instantly, in keeping with the corporate. All tools with the “Squaw” brand has been got rid of from the retail retail outlets, and names on indicators are being modified. However the lodge requested for persistence because the outdated title and brand seem in “1000’s of places around the lodge.”

Many of the “public-facing signage … can be got rid of by means of the beginning of this 12 months’s ski season,” mentioned the corporate commentary, “however we think it’ll take a couple of seasons ahead of it’s completely changed.”  

Palisades Tahoe is the most important ski lodge within the Lake Tahoe area, with about 6,000 skiable acres throughout two mountains.

 Right here’s the video the lodge launched saying the title alternate:


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