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Colorado’s geographic renaming board begins process of scrubbing Native American slur from 28 sites

The Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board on Sunday began the process of scrubbing the offensive slur “squaw” from 28 of the state’s peaks, valleys, passes and creeks.  Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland in November created a committee to strip the offensive name from federal maps. The Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force in February identified […]

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Here are the proposed new names for 28 Colorado landmarks labeled with indigenous slurs

The Department of Interior has recommended new names for more than 660 geographical sites that it said have derogatory Indigenous slurs in their names, including 28 sites in Colorado. Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland ordered the renaming after she formally declared “squaw” to be a derogatory term and ordered a task force to create new […]

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Geographic naming board agrees to scrape offensive name from Chaffee County gulch

The Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board on Thursday agreed that Chaffee County’s offensively named Chinaman Gulch should be changed to Yan Sing Gulch, which means resilience in Chinese.  “As in resilience in the face of adversity,” said William Wei, a member of the board.  The board will send its recommendation to Gov. Jared Polis, who […]

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Biden sets out oil, gas leasing reform, stops short of public-lands ban

By Matthew Daly, The Associated Press The Biden administration on Friday recommended an overhaul of the nation’s oil and gas leasing program to limit areas available for energy development and raise costs for oil and gas companies to drill on public land and water. The long-awaited report by the Interior Department stops short of recommending […]

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Interior secretary orders removal of racist terms, aims to change place names

By Susan Montoya Bran, The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday formally declared “squaw” a derogatory term and said she is taking steps to remove it from federal government use and to replace other derogatory place names.  Haaland is ordering a federal panel tasked with naming geographic places to […]

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Democratic members of Congress urge emergency protections for wolves in the West

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — A group of Democratic lawmakers on Thursday urged the Biden administration to enact emergency protections for gray wolves in the U.S. West in response to Republican-backed state laws that make it easier to kill the predators. Twenty-one U.S. senators led by New Jersey’s Cory Booker and […]

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Bureau of Land Management headquarters will head from Colorado back to Washington, Biden administration says

The Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters will move back to Washington, D.C., from Grand Junction, the Biden administration announced Friday in a decision that comes despite objections from Colorado Republicans and Democrats, including the state’s two U.S. senators and its governor. “The Bureau of Land Management is critical to the nation’s efforts to address the […]

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“We need to provide a path forward for clarity”: Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visits new Bureau of Land Management HQ in Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday paid her first visit to the new Colorado headquarters of her department’s Bureau of Land Management after its relocation from the nation’s capital by the Trump administration sparked criticism that the move was intended to gut the agency that oversees vast tracts of public lands in […]

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Interior secretary, speaking in Denver, stands by Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination to lead Bureau of Land Management

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Thursday stood by the Biden administration’s pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management as the nominee, Tracy Stone-Manning, faces increasing opposition from U.S. Senate Republicans over her links to a 1989 environmental sabotage case. “Tracy Stone-Manning has a wealth of experience and knowledge about all issues to do with […]

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Hard-right rooted group has made inroads in Colorado opposing Biden’s vision for public lands

Land grab or precious-resource preservation? The battle over where the truth  ̶  and where Westerners’ hearts  ̶  lie on that matter is rumbling through Colorado counties as a federal government initiative nicknamed 30×30 gains momentum, and opposition. Colorado has become the beachhead in a Texas-based group’s efforts to use local governments to thwart the Biden […]