Happy Indigenous People’s Day

I have the day off from work due to ‘Columbus Day’. The general awfulness of this day being enshrined into the United States federal holidays is an important issue and I’m adding some links for those interested in reading more:

My area is more “cat and class” so today I thought I’d discuss my frustration with $x Relocation.

Sparked (yet again!) by something from Jenna Freedman — this nasty little subdivision has two uses.

—Relocation (May Subd Geog)
Use as a topical subdivision under occupational groups and types of employees and ethnic groups.

What’s the big deal here? It’s just about groups moving from one place to another, seems fairly harmless.


Here are two headings that I think clarify the situation:

  • Forced migration (May Subd Geog)
    UF Cleansing, Ethnic
    Compulsory resettlement
    Ethnic cleansing
    Ethnic purification
    Involuntary resettlement
    Migration, Forced
    Purification, Ethnic
    Relocation, Forced
    Resettlement, Involuntary
    BT Migration, Internal
    SA subdivision Relocation under ethnic groups
  • Employees—Relocation (May Subd Geog)
    Here are entered works on the transfer of employees by their companies to another geographical location. Works on the transfer of employees from one department or position to another within the same company, within the same geographical location are entered under Employees—Transfer.
    UF Employee relocation
    Employees, Relocation of [Former heading]
    Job transfers
    Relocating of personnel
    Relocation of employees
    SA subdivision Relocation under occupational groups and types of employees; and subdivision Officials and employees—Relocation under names of countries, cities, etc., and under individual government departments, agencies, etc.

Did you catch it?

When used as a subdivision under ethnic groups, ‘–Relocation’ is referring to ethnic cleansing and forced migration (itself a euphemistic term).

When used as a subdivision under occupational groups and types of employees, it refers to employees moving from one geographical location to another within the same company.

One of these things is not like the other.

Here are some examples that illustrate that from the authorized headings:

Cherokee Indians—Relocation (May Subd Geog)
NT Trail of Tears, 1838-1839

4,000 Cherokee died during that ‘relocation’

Navajo Indians—Relocation (May Subd Geog)
NT Navajo Long Walk, 1863-1867

Over 2,000 Navajo and Mescalero Apaches died  during that particular ‘relocation’

Contrast those with the following:

Employees—Relocation—Law and legislation (May Subd Geog)
BT Labor contract

Library moving (May Subd Geog)
UF Libraries—Moving
Moving of libraries
Relocation of libraries

No one’s dead, no one’s being systematically uprooted and forced (at gunpoint) to leave their homes. These are fundamentally different concepts.

The usage of the term ‘relocation’ under both occupational groups and ethnic groups is innappropiate. It serves to sanitize what is actually meant be relocation under the latter, and only furthers the colonial/imperial perspective of Christopher Columbus and this day given his name.


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