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Federal plan to quickly rename 18 places across WA clashes with slower state process

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The U.S. Department of the Interior has identified 18 places in Washington State named with a slur against Indigenous women. The rivers, ridges, lakes, canyons and other places across the state will eventually receive new names as part of a renaming initiative.

The U.S. Department of the Interior has identified 18 places in Washington State named with a slur for Indigenous women.

The plan is to swap them for more descriptive names based on location and geography, as part of a larger initiative to replace this derogatory term in 660 geographical areas and landmarks nationwide, with an emphasis on speed.

But the federal plan clashes with the state's slower, more deliberate process for renaming places.

Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins joined KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick to break it all down.

Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting Morning Edition on KNKX/KPLU since 2006. She has worked in news radio for more than 30 years. Kirsten is also a sports lover. She handles most sports coverage at the station, including helping produce a two-part series on the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the ongoing series "Going Deep."
Vivian McCall is a reporter, producer and host at KNKX. Originally from Texas, Vivian spent the majority of her journalism career in Chicago. She loves having fun with sound and digging into cool science stories.
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