Monday, May 25, 2015
Geography Div (What's in a name subsection)
Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1868.
Harney Peak is the highest point in South Dakota and the highest point in the US between the Rocky Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. It's named for General William S. Harney of the US Army.
The Peak's name has lately been the source of controversy due to the General's leading a battle against the Lakota in Nebraska at the beginning of the Indian Wars where he earned the nickname "Woman Killer."
There has been a push to change the name (Black Elk Peak being one of the more mentioned choices) to something less offensive to Native Americans.
Last week, the South Dakota Board of Geographic Names recommended the name be changed to Hinhan Kaga - the original Lakota name for the feature which translates to "Making of Owls" in English.
I'm sure there will be many on both sides of the debate that won't be happy (though apparently, no one has asked the owls).