The U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved changing the name of Squaw Island to Skenoh Island last week.

Apparently, this was because the former name contained a derogatory word.

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “squaw” is an offensive word for an Indigenous woman of North America.

The new name, Skenoh, was suggested by G. Peter Jemison, historic site manager at the Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor. The word, pronounced “scan-oh,” is from a Seneca dialect and can be translated to mean “peace,”.

The name change takes effect immediately, and federal maps will be updated with the change in the normal revision cycle.

 

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