NIC lecture addresses use of term derogatory to Native American women

Co-Director of the Women of Color Alliance Sonia Rosario will present “The ‘S' Word,” a documentary showing and lecture about the use of the word “squaw” in names of places in Idaho, at 6 p.m. Monday, March 14 in Molstead Library's Todd Lecture Hall on NIC's main campus. The presentation will address the word “squaw,” a derogatory term used to describe Native American women, found in the titles of places throughout the state. The film will address the issue through the testimonies of more than 25 Native American women from five tribes on the personal impact of the word. The documentary covers the fight against the usage of the word, following a group of women into the governor's office and to the steps of the Idaho Capitol to address the legislature after the proposed bill that would have removed the word from place names in Idaho was voted down. The film and lecture are sponsored by the NIC Diversity Events Committee in honor of Women's History Month. The event is free and open to the public. Information: (208) 769-3397.

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NIC Diversity Events Chair Sharla Chittick, (208) 769-3397

Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2005

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