Minnesota COA Rejects Name Change of Lake to Original Indigenous Name…

… in favor of keeping it named after an architect of the Indian Removal Act and slaveowner.

Here is the opinion in Save Lake Calhoun v. Strommen.

An excerpt from news coverage (here):

Signs around the lake have already been changed to reflect the Dakota name. In 2015, before any legal name change happened, the parks board did add Bde Maka Ska to the signs around the lake. The decision on what they’ll read going forward won’t be made for 30 more days.

“John C. Calhoun has a legacy that not too many people in this city want to honor anymore,” public historian Dr. Kate Beane said. “He created the Indian Removal Act, and that removal act led to the displacement and death of thousands of indigenous people, including the Cherokee Trail of Tears. This is not somebody who’s legacy we want in our city, and I think that the park board, the mayor, the city and the state and federal have agreed that a process was followed.”

Update: See the Save Lake Calhoun site.

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