Bde Maka Ska Earns Federal Recognition

Bde Maka Ska Earns Federal Recognition

July 16, 2018 12:25 PM

The federal government has officially recognized the name change of a Minneapolis lake.

While Minneapolis recognized Bde Maka Ska months ago, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names now lists it as the lake's official name.


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

Formerly known as Lake Calhoun, the name was officially changed in January. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources approved the name change at the beginning of the year, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board later held a name restoration celebration.

The move came 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 a supporter of the practice.

Others raised objections to the change.

RELATED: DNR Gives Approval to Lake Calhoun Name Change

Bde Maka Ska is Dakota for "white banks lake" or "white earth lake."


Anthony Brousseau

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