County Board Approves Name Change for Lake Calhoun

County Board Approves Name Change for Lake Calhoun Photo: KSTP

November 28, 2017 02:52 PM

By a 4-3 vote, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to change the name of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis to Bde Maka Ska, its original Dakota name.

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The move comes after objections arose to the Lake Calhoun name because of former Vice President John C. Calhoun's involvement with treaties that removed Native Americans from their land. There were also objections to the fact Calhoun was a slave owner, and an ardent supporter of the practice.

The decision on whether to change Lake Calhoun's name to Bde Maka Ska now goes to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  What do you want to see happen?  Let DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr know your views.

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The name change still must gain state and federal approval, including the approval of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Frank Rajkowski

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