Senate ED&A Committee Adopts SB 33, relative to Native American name restoration

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3207

Email: marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us


CONCORD – Earlier today, the Senate Executive Departments & Administration Committee voted unanimously to adopt SB 33, relative to Native American name restoration. This bill would formalize a process in the state for appropriate naming or renaming of locations or geographic features in the Abenaki language.


After the hearing, prime sponsor Senator David Watters (D-Dover) issued the following statement:

“Passage of this bill is a critical step in more fully acknowledging and appreciating the Native American ancestral lands of New Hampshire. We know that land holds meanings for us all—meanings that are often expressed through names. This creation of a formalized naming and renaming process is an opportunity for us to recognize the full, rich history of our beautiful state, and to enrich our understanding and appreciation of our past and of our environment.”


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