'Save Lake Calhoun' website domain purchased, message changed


May 01, 2019 06:21 AM

The website domain for the "Save Lake Calhoun" group was purchased, and the message of the site has been changed. 

The website now just displays text saying, "Actually, it's called Bde Maka Ska."


It comes after Monday's Court of Appeals ruling stating the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources didn't have the authority to change the name of Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska.

According to Whois, a group that tracks website domain names, the domain for was purchased Monday. 

RELATED: Minneapolis Park and Rec. Board president responds to ruling on Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska name change

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) President Brad Bourn issued a statement Monday criticizing the ruling. The MPRB was not a party to the lawsuit, but said in a release it is encouraging the DNR to appeal the ruling and is not changing the signage at the lake.

A statement from the DNR said the agency is examining the decision and has 30 days to petition the Minnesota Supreme Court for review.

RELATED: House adds amendment to environmental budget bill to name Lake Calhoun Bde Maka Ska after court decision

A spokesperson for the U.S. Board on Geographic Names confirmed the lake will still be known at the federal level as Bde Maka Ska.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota House added an amendment to the environmental budget bill that would change the lake's name to Bde Maka Ska, and the bill is expected to be debated Tuesday.

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