It's Official: Bde Maka Ska is In, Lake Calhoun is Out

It's Official: Bde Maka Ska is In, Lake Calhoun is Out Photo: KSTP/File

January 29, 2018 08:04 PM

Monday marked the first day the Minneapolis lake formerly known as Calhoun is officially known as Bde Maka Ska.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board hosted an official naming restoration celebration Monday. 

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The lake, which is pronounced buh-day ma-KHA skah, takes on the Dakota name, which translates into "White Earth Lake." 

RELATED: DNR Gives Approval to Lake Calhoun Name Change

“The restoration of the Dakota name Bde Maka Ska represents another historic milestone for Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota,” according to a release quoting Syd Beane, descendant of Dakota leader Mahpiya Wicasta (Cloud Man), who lived in Heyata Otunwe (Village to the Side), a Dakota community at Bde Maka Ska in the 1830s. “This not only recognizes, but celebrates the original Dakota inhabitants of the area and the contributions we Dakota will continue to make.”

Minnesotans will notice the change in all digital and print communications, as well as all park entrances stripped of the Calhoun name.

RELATED: Newspaper Ad Questions Origin of Lake Calhoun Name

However, the changes will not extend to neighboring streets such as Calhoun Parkway, East Calhoun Parkway and West Calhoun Parkway. 

The call for a name change drew support and protests, but the measure reached its final hurdle of approval by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources earlier this month.

The DNR will submit the Hennepin County resolution of the approval, along with the state's approval, to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names, which will approve or deny the name change for federal use.

But DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr said the DNR's decision earlier this month represents final approval when it comes to the state.

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