Alistair Dawber, Washington
More than a thousand places and monuments could be renamed as America tries to wipe out offensive place names.
Places with racist and sexist names are sprinkled throughout the US, after white settlers took over land that had been occupied by indigenous peoples.
In Colorado, for example, a state board is considering proposals to rename more than 20 natural features, including Redskin Mountain and Negro Mesa. The state’s geographic naming advisory board has ruled that Chinaman Gulch should be Yan Sing Gulch, from the Cantonese words meaning “resilience”. The state has changed Squaw Mountain, a pejorative term for a Native American woman, to Mestaa’ehehe Mountain, in honour of a 19th-century Cheyenne translator.