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There are instances where the state name and federal name for a geographic location do not match up. Alaska changed the name of its highest peak from Mount McKinley to Denali in 1975, but it was 40 years before the name changed was recognized by the national government.
There are instances where the state name and federal name for a geographic location do not match up.  Alaska changed the name of its highest peak from Mount McKinley to Denali in 1975, but it was 40 years before the name changed was recognized by the national government.
August 13, 2016

South Dakota Not Legally Required To Change Name Of Harney Peak

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names unanimously voted to change Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak last week, reports the Rapid City Journal.

The decision will apply to all federal maps and publications, but South Dakota will not be required to change its own maps and signs.  Governor Daugaard said he was surprised by the decision, and his chief of staff stated that the state will not go to any extra expense to implement the change.  In 2014, a petition for the name change was put before the South Dakota Board on Geographic Names.  Originally the state board supported the idea of a name change, but faced such backlash about the decision, that they reversed themselves.  They recommended to the national board that Harney Peak retain its name. 

For more information on Harney Peak, please visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network news archive

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