University of Nevada, Reno says 'Native Nevadan' is offensive to Native Americans

University of Nevada, Reno says 'Native Nevadan' is offensive to Native Americans
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A university in Nevada updated its communication guidelines and asked those on campus to refrain from using the term "Native Nevadan" due to its insensitive nature to Native Americans.

The University of Nevada, Reno's Office of Marketing and Communication began its Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Language guide to ensure an equal and inclusive environment for every member of the Wolf Pack community.

Another change is for those in the University of Nevada, Reno community to refrain from using "Native Nevadan," according to the IDEAL guidelines.

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Despite its colloquial use to describe a person born and raised in the Silver State, it "is not respectful to Indigenous people who truly are native to the land here in Nevada," according to the guide.

When referring to those who call Nevada home, members of the Wolf Pack are encouraged to use maxims such as "born and raised" or "lived in Nevada their whole life."

"A pack is about inclusion, about community, about helping one another, about raising up every member because we are better and stronger together than we are apart," the guide read.

The importance of language cannot be understated, according to the guide.

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"Language changes, as does what is and is not acceptable," it stated. "This guide is a living document and will seek to address changes and updates to preferred terminology as often as possible."

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