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Door County island gets a new name

An island near Little Sturgeon has a new name for you to call it thanks to the United States Department of the Interior. The department announced new names for nearly 30 different geographic features in the state, including those with the word “squaw,” which is an offensive term among Native American tribes. One of the places that received a new name was the island just off the coast of Little Sturgeon near Keyes Creek. Because of that location, the island will now be known as Keyes Island. U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced the plan earlier this year to change the names of geographic places if they contained racial slurs. Interior Secretarial Order 3404 declares the term squaw derogatory and implements procedures to remove the term from federal usage. The new names were based on public comments received by the department. While Keyes Island is what the federal government will call it, municipalities do not have to change signage or anything else to reflect the name change.


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