Wisconsin is altering 28 place names that slur Indigenous girls. This is the place they’re and what the brand new names may be.

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GREEN BAY – U.S. Division of the Inside officers are working with the Wisconsin Division of Pure Assets to alter the names of 28 locations in Wisconsin which were deemed derogatory towards Indigenous girls.

Most are our bodies of water, comparable to rivers, lakes and creeks.

Most are within the northern and western parts of the state, however some are in northeast Wisconsin.

The time period “sq–w” could have began as a mispronunciation of an Algonquin phrase for ladies however over time has taken a considerably extra derogatory that means.

The time period was used to call some locations in Wisconsin by white settlers, principally within the 1800s.

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U.S. Division of the Inside Secretary Deb Haaland not too long ago signed a directive that declares “sq–w” a derogatory time period in opposition to Indigenous girls and implements a course of for changing the names of locations with that time period throughout the nation.

Haaland is the primary Indigenous girl to carry the Inside secretary place.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland speaks to reporters during a press conference outside the Arizona Department of Water Resources building in Phoenix on Feb. 22, 2022.

Inside Secretary Deb Haaland speaks to reporters throughout a press convention outdoors the Arizona Division of Water Assets constructing in Phoenix on Feb. 22, 2022.

Kris Goodwill, tribal liaison for the Wisconsin Division of Pure Assets, mentioned, “The DNR is getting ready for the second spherical of the federal course of and gathering different geographic names within the state which can be derogatory.”

For extra about this course of and what occurs subsequent, learn this text: “‘Halfbreed Rapids’ and different derogatory Wisconsin website names are subsequent up for alternative.”

Listed below are the 28 locations in Wisconsin that shall be getting new names — together with their places and proposed new names.

1. Little Sq–w Lake

Location: Oconto County, between Suring and Coleman

Proposed names: Marl Bay, Messenger Creek, Bagley Creek, McDonald Creek, Inexperienced Island

2. Sq–w Lake

Location: Oconto County, between Suring and Coleman

Proposed names: Messenger Creek, McDonald Creek, Marl Bay, Bagley Creek, Inexperienced Island

3. Sq–w Lake

Location: Outagamie County, between Appleton and Fremont

Proposed names: Rat River, Potters Creek, Black Otter Lake, Black Otter Creek, Wolf River

4. Sq–w Creek

Location: Menominee County, simply north of Neopit

Proposed names: Neopit Millpond 108, Rainbow Falls, Peavey Falls, Punchout Springs, Crimson Springs

5. Sq–w Island

Location: Door County, close to Little Sturgeon, west of Sturgeon Bay

Proposed names: Keyes Creek, Little Sturgeon Bay, Henderson Level, Lake Michigan, Rileys Level

6. Sq–w Creek

Location: Ashland County

Proposed names: Conley Lake, Gogebic Vary, Lengthy Lake, Meder Lake, Spillerberg Lake

7. Sq–w Level

Location: Bayfield County

Proposed names: Lake Superior, Saxine Creek, Mawikwe Bay, Siskiwit River, Siskiwit Bay

8. Sq–w Creek

Location: Bayfield County

Proposed names: Mawikwe Bay, Siskiwit Bay, Eagle Island Shoals, Roman Level, Apostle Islands

9. Sq–w Creek

Location: Forest County

Proposed names: Spider Creek Flowage, Bellis Spring, Metonga Lake, Knoke Spring, West Hill

10. Sq–w Creek

Location: Jackson County

Proposed names: Hawk Island, 0.94 Reservoir, Black River Flowage 1610, Ni-ho-kha-wa-ne-ey-ja, 1.18 Reservoir

11. Sq–w Mound

Location: Jackson County

Proposed names: Levis Creek, Trowe Drain, Trowe Marsh, Little Bear Flowage, Dickey Creek

12. Sq–w Mound Flowage

Location: Jackson County

Proposed names: Levis Creek, Trowe Drain, Trowe Marsh, Wildcat Flowage, Dickey Creek

13. Sq–w Creek

Location: Langlade County

Proposed names: Augustyn Springs, Saint Claire Rapids, Harper Springs, Dennison Swamp, Stevens Springs

14. Sq–w Lake

Location: Langlade County

Proposed names: East Department Eau Claire River, Bogus Swamp, Clearwater Creek, Sucker Creek, West Department Eau Claire River

15. Sq–w Creek

Location: Lincoln County

Proposed names: Hilts Lake, Fawn Lake, Whirlpool Rapids, Harrison Lake, Pine Lake

16. Sq–w Lake

Location: Lincoln County

Proposed names: Wisconsin River, Crescent Creek, North Department Pine Creek, Noisy Creek, Whirlpool Rapids

17. Sq–w Creek

Location: Lincoln and Value counties

Proposed names: Spirit River Flowage, Pearson Hill, Timms Hill, Moyle Lake 35, Lake Mohawksin

18. Sq–w Creek

Location: Marathon and Wooden counties

Proposed names: McMillan Marsh, Rangeline Flowage, Huge Eau Pleine Reservoir, 1 Reservoir, North Smoky Hill Flowage

19. South Sq–w Creek

Location: Marathon and Wooden counties

Proposed names: Rangeline Flowage, Huge Eau Pleine Reservoir, North Smoky Hill Flowage, Ten Pool, Smoky Hill

20. Sq–w Creek

Location: Marinette County

Proposed names: Sixty Islands, Buck Hill, Spherical Island, Miscauno Island, Merryman Island

21. Sq–w Lake

Location: Marinette County

Proposed names: Handsaw Creek, Excessive Falls Reservoir, Peshtigo River, Thunder River, Johnson Falls Flowage 647

22. Sq–w Creek

Location: Value County

Proposed names: Solberg Lake, Elk, Duroy, Lengthy Lakes and Wilson Flowage, Sailor Creek Flowage, Mink Spring, Hogsback Springs

23. Decrease Sq–w Creek Flowage

Location: Value County

Proposed names: Hoffman Creek, Nichols Lake, Hesher Creek, Gates Lake, Deer Creek

24. Sq–w Creek Flowage 6

Location: Value County

Proposed names: Nichols Lake, Gates Lake, Hoffman Creek, Hesher Creek, Sailor Creek

25. Sq–w Bay

Location: Sawyer County

Proposed names: Heron Creek, Lake Chetac, Indian Level, Pickerel Lake, Garbutt Island

26. Sq–w Lake

Location: St. Croix County

Proposed names: Apple River, Riverdale Flowage, Cedar Creek, Horse Creek, Levesque Spring

27. White Sq–w Lake

Location: Vilas County

Proposed names: Siphon Creek, Siphon Springs, Goodyear Springs, Little Tamarack Creek, Garland Creek

28. Sq–w Lake

Location: Waushara County

Proposed names: Chicago Level, Fox Tail Level, Fox Tail Bay, Decrease White River Pond 83, White River

Frank Vaisvilas is a Report For America corps member primarily based on the Inexperienced Bay Press-Gazette protecting Native American points in Wisconsin. He could be reached at 815-260-2262 or fvaisvilas@gannett.com, or on Twitter at @vaisvilas_frank. Please take into account supporting journalism that informs our democracy with a tax-deductible present to this reporting effort at GreenBayPressGazette.com/RFA.

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