[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 36 (Wednesday, February 23, 2022)]
[Page 10232]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-03744]

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Geological Survey


Reconciliation of Derogatory Geographic Names Tribal Consultation

AGENCY: Geological Survey, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of tribal consultations.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) will conduct Tribal 
Consultation sessions to obtain oral and written comments on candidate 
replacement names for geographic feature names recently declared 
derogatory by DOI Secretary's Order 3404 (S.O. 3404). These sessions 
will be held virtually.

DATES: Oral comments can be provided at one of three virtual Tribal 
Consultations to be held on March 21, 2022, from 12:00 p.m.--2:00 p.m. 
Mountain Time; March 22, 2022, from 11:00 a.m.--1:00 p.m. Pacific Time; 
and March 23, 2022, from 1:00 p.m.--3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). Please 
see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below for details on how to participate. 
Written comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 24, 2022.

ADDRESSES: Please include the Feature ID (FID) of the feature(s) of 
interest when submitting your comment. The FID for each feature is 
located in Column B of the posted list. Written comments must be 
submitted via email to [email protected] or by mail to 
Reconciliation of Derogatory Geographic Names, 1849 C Street NW, Room 
6657, MS 6640-MIB, Washington, DC 20240.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Younkle, Special Assistant to 
the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Office of the Assistant 
Secretary--Water and Science, (202) 853-4345 or at 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 19, 2021, Secretary of the 
Interior Haaland signed S.O. 3404, declaring ``squaw'' as a derogatory 
term. In accordance with S.O. 3404, a list of candidate geographic 
names to replace those declared derogatory will be available for Tribal 
Consultation consistent with DOI policies and procedures. A list of 
five candidate replacement names for each feature was developed by the 
U.S. Geological Survey. The candidate replacement names were derived 
through a search of nearby named geographic features until at least 
five nearby names were available. The candidate replacement name will 
replace the derogatory modifier. For example, ``Castle Creek'' is the 
nearest named feature to ``Squaw Mesa''. The first candidate 
replacement name for the derogatory named feature would be ``Castle 
    The Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force (Task Force) created by 
S.O. 3404 will consider all comments and any proposed additional 
candidate replacement names received through the Tribal Consultation in 
developing a single recommended replacement name for each feature. The 
Board on Geographic Names (BGN) has received several proposals to 
rename a feature covered by S.O. 3404 through their conventional 
process, and these proposals are not yet resolved. These proposed names 
are indicated in the list, will be provided to the Task Force, and will 
be prioritized ahead of the proposed candidate replacement names on the 
    Replacement names, to the extent possible, shall adhere to BGN 
Principles, Policies, and Procedures for the Domestic Names Committee. 
BGN Policy V regarding Derogatory and Offensive Names now applies to 
the word ``Squaw'' as it is declared derogatory by S.O. 3404. 
Replacement names proposed during the Tribal Consultation session that 
are in clear violation of an existing policy will not be considered by 
the Task Force. The list of all replacement names recommended by the 
Task Force will be submitted to the BGN Domestic Names Committee for 
final adjudication.
    The list of candidate replacement names under review by the Task 
Force is available at https://www.usgs.gov/us-board-on-geographic-names/so3404-candidate-names-list.
    Tribal Consultation sessions will be held virtually at the 
following date and location:

          Date                 Time                    Venue
March 21, 2022.........  12:00 p.m.-2:00  Zoom: https://
                          p.m. Mountain    doitalent.zoomgov.com/meeting/
                          Time.            register/vJIsf-
March 22, 2022.........  11:00 a.m.-1:00  Zoom: https://
                          p.m. Pacific     doitalent.zoomgov.com/meeting/
                          Time.            register/vJItf-6rrTsoGWThRM-
March 23, 2022.........  1:00 p.m.-3:00   Zoom: https://
                          p.m. Eastern     doitalent.zoomgov.com/meeting/
                          Time.            register/vJIsdu-

    Authority: The authority for this Order is established under 43 
U.S.C. 364-364f.

Michael Tischler,
Director, National Geospatial Program, U.S. Geological Survey, Chair, 
DOI Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force.
[FR Doc. 2022-03744 Filed 2-22-22; 8:45 am]