Minneapolis Park Board edges closer to renaming Lake Calhoun roads as Bde Maka Ska

Updated: Sep 14, 2019

Park Board committee approved change; full board to vote in August. 

The Minneapolis Park Board moved one step closer Wednesday night to renaming Lake Calhoun roads and public land that surrounds the lake to its original Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska.

With little debate, the board's five-member Administration and Finance Committee unanimously approved two resolutions for the name change, which still must be voted on by the full nine-member board.

More than a dozen people spoke in favor of the renaming before the committee took action.

"I think this is a symbolic effort, but it will start real change," said Board Member Jono Cowgill. "Some say names can't teach us history, but this has instilled a discussion to learn more."

The roads to be renamed are Calhoun Boulevard West, Calhoun Drive, East Lake Calhoun Parkway and West Lake Calhoun Parkway. Bde Maka Ska will replace the words "Lake Calhoun" or "Calhoun."

The committee also approved suspending board naming procedures and authorizing the portion of Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park known as Lake Calhoun Park to be changed to Bde Maka Ska Park. Board members Meg Forney and Steffanie Musich raised concerns about suspending procedures and how that might impact future name changing decisions.

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"Minneapolis Park Board edges closer to renaming Lake Calhoun roads as Bde Maka Ska"; by David Chanen; Star Tribune; May 15, 2019


Native American naming remains a highly personalized and inflammatory issue. A few special interest's along with Park Board leadership are determined to get the changes done. Everyone else wants to move on. The naming is probably going to make very little difference in the fullness of time.

Elder Wan


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