Path Work at Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska Makes Room for Dakota Art

September 24, 2017 08:59 PM

Dakota leaders, descendants  and community advocates would celebrate a long-fought battle to change the name of Lake Calhoun should the Hennepin County Board of Supervisors render final approval. 

If approved, the name would officially become the Dakota Bde Maka Ska, or "White Earth Lake."

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It's not just a lake to Rhea Blue-Arm, rather Lake Calhoun is part of her ancestral land. She's lobbied local government leaders alongside descendants of the Dakota native people to change the name.

Army surveyors in the early 19th century dubbed it Lake Calhoun after Secretary of War and slave owner John Calhoun. While the board of supervisors makes its decision, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is already carving out a part of the park, moving a walking path on the Southeast corner of the lake to make way for a public art project. 

RELATED: Lake Calhoun Could See a Name Change

Renowned Native American artists will display Dakota history through art, and educators will tell the story of indigenous peoples through words.

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