The Department of Interior is moving to remove the derogatory names and threats of the previous administrations from national parks and federal monuments in the face of increasing concern about government infringements of individuals’ First Amendment rights.
The administration of President Obama, made changes to the Word Devil and Devilse as national monuments, and created controversial changes to the site calling Yellowstone the “Yellowstone National Park Complex” and not the National Park and because of “the homophobic and anti-Semitic names that had been used by the previous administration to tar the Complex”, according to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in a memo sent out Tuesday.
The memo comes the day before Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, is scheduled to visit the White House, where he will meet with President Trump to discuss a deal between the US and Israel over the disputed territories in the Middle East.
“The Order will remove offensive names from our Nation’s public lands and monuments,” Zinke said in a statement. “This is an essential part of our mission to ensure the reverence and integrity of our Nation’s history while giving every American, and those that visit our Nation’s lands, the opportunity to participate in the heritage we revere.”
Zinke said the names be renamed and presented to all park visitors and to the public.