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August 12, 2016

Federal Board Renames Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names has renamed Harney Peak in the Black Hills to Black Elk Peak. The Rapid City Journal reports that the decision was based on the concerns from Native Americans in the area that using Harney's name on the mountain was derogatory towards them as General Harney's soldiers killed numerous Native Americans in September, 1855. State officials were surprised at the decision after the state Board of Geographic Names upheld the use of Harney Peak after a lengthly public comment period and are currently determining what options are available to them.

To read up on past news articles related to Harney Peak and its proposed changes, be sure to click on this archives link.


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