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Movement grows to rename Astoria’s Powhatan Democratic Club


A 119-year-old Astoria political club named for two mythologized Native Americans is the subject of a growing name change effort, as institutions across New York City reckon with their use of racist and inappropriate titles and symbols.

The Powhatan and Pocahontas Democratic Club, founded in 1901, initially consisted of two separate organizations, Powhatan for men and Pocahontas for women, before the two merged in the 1990s. Several club members and some Native American rights advocates in New York City say the names are an example of cultural appropriation.

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