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The movement to rename U.S. mountains, rivers, valleys

April 19, 2022 |12 pm PT/ 3 pm ET | Online
Image: Ken-Lane (CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0/ flickr)

Co-sponsored by the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, The Wilderness Society, and The Natural History Museum

Thousands of mountains, valleys and rivers located on public lands have names that are derogatory, misogynistic, racist or just plain offensive. These names perpetuate a history of colonization and oppression in the United States and have resulted in public lands that are not welcoming and inclusive places. It’s time to change that. Join us for a conversation that delves into the scope of the problem and examines patterns of offensive place names in national parks, hear from grassroots advocates working to change offensive places nearest them, and learn about what you can do to help.  


Maria Givens (Coeur d’Alene), co-founder of Tahoma Peaks Solutions 

Valerie Grussing, Executive Director of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers

Bonnie McGill, Ph.D., lead author of Words are Monuments: Patterns in US national park place names perpetuate settler colonial mythologies including white supremacy  

Fred Mosqueda (Arapaho), grassroots advocate working to change the name of Mount Evans in Colorado to Mount Blue Sky.

Paul Spitler, Sr. Legislative Policy Manager, The Wilderness Society, moderator