Park Board Votes to Change Name of Lake Calhoun

May 03, 2017 07:55 PM

The Minneapolis Park Board took a step Wednesday night toward changing the name of Lake Calhoun.

The board unanimously approved the Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Paster Plan at its Wednesday meeting. The master plan includes restoring Lake Calhoun to its original Dakota name Bde Maka Ska.

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According to the master plan, community members asked the name of Lake Calhoun be changed because of Calhoun's involvement with treaties that removed Native Americans from their land. The document also cited that people disagree with the name of the lake due to the fact Calhoun was a slave owner.

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At Wednesday night's meeting, Park Board District 6 Commissioner Brad Bourn said the name change is, "the most important vote of support that this park board has taken."

"Shots of the Civil War are still being fired today, shots of the Dakota War are still being fired today, and this is one of the best things we can do to heal those some of those wounds that are more than 150 years old in our history," he said.

While the board has approved the name change, Hennepin County and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will have to approve the change.

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