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What is Secretary’s Order 3404 and the DOI Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force?

Secretary's Order 3404 declares “sq___” a derogatory term for federal use and directs a series of actions to replace the names of geographic features with sq___ in their name. Secretary’s Order 3404 established the 13-member Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force to reconcile the derogatory geographic feature names. The Task Force includes representatives from the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, National Park Service, Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation, and U.S. Geological Survey. The Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service is also a member.

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