Squaw Valley’s new name is Palisades Tahoe. What does it mean for the rest of Tahoe?

When the name is Squaw, there's a lot of meaning attached - not good meaning, either. That's why the ski resort will now be known as Palisades Tahoe. What other natural features, monuments, businesses, streets and parks will follow suit?

“It was just the right time”: After a year’s worth of community Zoom hearings, committee brainstorms and consultations with tribal leaders, Squaw Valley in north Lake Tahoe announced its new name.

To the Tahoe ski area, the disruption offered an opportunity to confront an awkward truth that has haunted the resort and community since their establishment in the mid-20th century: “squaw” is a misogynistic term with an ugly history.

“I truly think we should change the name but I really don’t know that I’ll ever call it anything different, even though I want to,” said one resident who has lived in the valley all her life.

“I don’t know how I’ll ever stop saying it. It’s just habit.


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