Oregon Statutes - Chapter 271 - Use and Disposition of Public Lands Generally; Easements - Section 271.600 - Use of term “squaw”; exceptions.

(1) As used in this section:

(a) “Indian tribe” has the meaning given that term in ORS 97.740.

(b) “Public body” has the meaning given that term in ORS 174.109.

(c) “Public property” has the meaning given that term in ORS 131.705.

(2) A public body may not use the term “squaw” in the name of a public property.

(3) When a public body changes a name that contains the term “squaw,” the public body shall consider as the replacement name a term or phrase in the language of an Indian tribe.

(4) Subsection (2) of this section does not apply if:

(a) Federal law requires the use of the term “squaw”; or

(b) The public property is a geographic feature that an agency of the United States names using the term “squaw.” [2001 c.652 §1; 2005 c.165 §1]

Note: 271.600 was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 271 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

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