On November 19, 2021, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland signed Secretary’s Order No. 3405 (Addressing Derogatory Place Names), which directed the National Park Service to establish a new Advisory Committee on Reconciliation in Place Names on behalf of the Department of the Interior.
The committee’s purpose is to identify existing federal land unit names and geographic feature names that may be considered derogatory and recommend potential replacement names to the Secretary of the Interior. The committee will also develop for the Secretary’s consideration a forward-looking process to solicit, encourage, and assist proposals to change derogatory geographic names.
A notice announcing a call for nominations to serve on this newly established committee was published in the Federal Register on January 10, 2022, announcing an open nomination period through February 24, 2022. The Federal Register notice provides detailed instructions and additional background on the committee. If you wish to serve on the committee, please review and follow the application instructions in the Federal Register notice. If an applicant has questions about the application process, please email us.
Appointed committee members will include representatives from diverse communities, including Tribal organizations and Native Hawaiians, as well as subject matter experts in fields including civil rights, geography, and history. The committee will also include representatives from the Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Last updated: January 10, 2022