Texas city renamed after federal vote banned pejorative term

Austin (KXAN) — A city in North Texas has been renamed following a vote to remove pejorative names from places in the United States.

The vote comes after a year-long process to remove the term, which the Department of the Interior calls only “sq—”, from federal usage.

The term has historically been used as a derogatory ethnic, racial and sexist slur, especially towards Indigenous women.

On Thursday, the Home Office announced that the Board of Geographic Names had voted on the remaining replacement names containing the word.

Mountain Square in Texas was changed to Lynn Creek in honor of Isaac Lynn, who lived on the nearby creek that bears his name.

According to a press release, the new name will be updated on the USGS website to reflect the vote, as well as a map of the locations.

“Words matter, especially in our work to ensure that our nation’s public lands and waters are accessible and welcoming to people of all backgrounds,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “I am grateful to the members of the Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force and the Geographic Names Board for their efforts to permanently remove this malicious word. Together we show why representation matters and chart the path to an inclusive America.”

Additional locations

  • Sq___ Harbor, Alaska: Removed from consideration. A feature is a historic area that no longer serves as an unincorporated community.
  • Area ___ Hill, California: Name changed to Loibas Hill.
  • Sq___ Valley, California: Name changed to Yokuts Valley.
  • Sq___ Clearance, North Dakota: Name changed to Homesteaders Gap.
  • Sk___berry, Tennessee: Name changed to Partridgeberry.
  • Sq___ Place, Wyoming: Removed from consideration. The feature is a place that is now listed as private property.

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