Racist and offensive place names: The movement to rename mountains, rivers and valleys | Webinar


On April 19, 2022, we hosted a conversation in collaboration with the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers and The Natural History Museum, about the thousands of mountains, rivers and other features on public lands that have racist and offensive names, and what the public can do to help. Panelists also discussed ongoing local and national renaming efforts and a new guide that outlines the name-changing process.


Valerie Grussing, Ph.D.: Executive Director of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers

Maria Givens: co-founder of Tahoma Peak Solutions, which empowers and uplifts communities in Indian Country

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 Coordinator of the Cultural Program, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes

Featuring recorded remarks from Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Al Green.

Moderator: Paul Spitler, Sr. Legislative Policy Manager, The Wilderness Society