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Lake Calhoun Could See a Name Change

Lake Calhoun Could See a Name Change

April 21, 2017 03:01 PM

A name change for Lake Calhoun could be coming after the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Planning Committee voted to accept a document that proposes the lake's name be changed.

Wednesday's unanimous vote approved recommendations for the Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan, which includes changing Lake Calhoun's name to its original Dakota Bde Maka Ska. The lake is currently named after John C. Calhoun, the seventh vice president of the United States.

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According to the master plan, community members sought 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 that Calhoun was a slave owner.

The master copy will be considered for final approval by the full Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners at its May 3 meeting. The document cites the board will also have to receive approval from Hennepin County and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources before the name is changed officially.

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