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What other words are considered “Derogatory” under Secretary’s Order 3404 and the DOI Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force?

The Board on Geographic Names’ Principles, Policies, and Procedures document contains the current Derogatory and Offensive Names Policy. Prior to Secretary's Order 3404, only two other words had been declared derogatory by the BGN in all occurrences:

1. In 1963, the Board on Geographic Names, at the request of the Secretary of the Interior, mandated that the pejorative form of the word “Negro” be eliminated from all federal maps and publications. The pejorative term was replaced with "Negro" for all geographic features.

2. In 1974, the Board on Geographic Names mandated that pejorative word for Japanese be changed in all occurrences to “Japanese.”

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