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CAIR Welcomes DOI Effort to Remove Racist Slur ‘Sq***’ from Landmarks Nationwide

(WASHINGTON D.C., 3/28/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today an effort by U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) remove a racist slur “sq***” targeting Native American women from 660 geographic features across the nation. 

SEE: U.S. Will Rename 660 Mountains, Rivers and More to Remove Racist Word

“We welcome the effort by the Department of the Interior to remove a racist slur targeting Native American women from landmarks across the nation and hope this sends the message that bigotry targeting minority communities will not be tolerated or excused,” said CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison.

Allison noted that CAIR recently condemned racist incidents targeting Native American people in South Dakota and Minnesota.   

SEE: CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents Targeting Native Americans in South Dakota, Minnesota 

He said the American Muslim community and CAIR are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, antisemitism, and white supremacy.    

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.            

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.           

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,