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Shannon County will become Oglala Lakota County.
Shannon County will become Oglala Lakota County.
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March 11, 2015

Legislature Signs Off On Oglala Lakota County

State lawmakers have passed the resolution needed to ratify the results of a November 2014 county-level election to change the name of Shannon County to Oglala Lakota County, reports the Associated Press.

Shannon County, located entirely within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, was named in 1875 for Peter Shannon, a state Supreme Court justice who was not well regarded by the Lakota. More than 80 percent of voters voted to change the county's name. 

Sen. Jim Bradford, D-Pine Ridge, credited previous legislators from reservations for passing earlier legislation setting up the process by which a county's name could be changed. 

Read more about Shannon County on the Black Hills Knowledge Network.

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