Squaw Valley, which hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics in Olympic Valley, Calif., has changed its name to Palisades Tahoe in an effort to distance itself from its “racist and sexist” previous moniker, according to resort officials.
“While the name may be new, the legend and legacy of these valleys go on, now as Palisades Tahoe,” the resort’s social media pages stated.
The resort announced plans to alter its name last summer. The move was hailed as a “milestone decision” by the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California on Monday.
The resort stated it changed the name “after significant investigation” into the history of the term “squaw,” which it described as “derogatory and insulting.” For years, Native American communities in the United States have campaigned to have the phrase “ancestral lands” removed.
“The Washoe People have lived in the area for thousands of years; we have great reverence for our ancestors, history and lands,” Tribal chairman Serrell Smokey said in a statement.
“The Washoe Tribal Council recognizes the significance of the name change and on behalf of the Washoe people expresses its great appreciation for this positive step forward.”
Palisades Tahoe features 6,000 skiable acres over two mountains, with views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada.
“As much as we cherish the memories we associate with our resort name, we must accept that these emotional attachments do not justify our continuing use of a word that is widely accepted to be a racist and sexist slur,” resort president Ron Cohen said.