Minneapolis Park and Rec Board committee votes to change streets, park name from Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska

May 15, 2019 10:11 PM

A committee of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to change the names of four streets and a park from Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska. 

The proposals were voted on by the administration and finance committee.


A release said the next steps for renaming the parkway and roads are a 45-day comment period and a public hearing in August. Renaming the park will go before the full board on June 12.

RELATED: Proposal to change name of parkway surrounding Bde Maka Ska under discussion

Last year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officially renamed Lake Calhoun to its original Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska. 

In so doing, the DNR approved results of earlier votes by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners.

But last month, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, saying the agency did not have the authority to approve the decision to change the name of the lake. The DNR has said it will appeal that decision.

The decision to change the name 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.

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