The South Dakota Board of Geographic Names voted 4-1 to keep the Black Hills's highest peak named Harney Peak, rather than changing the name to Hinhan Kaga ("Making of Owls") or Black Elk Peak. According to a Rapid City Journal article, the state board's recommendation is expected to carry significant weight with the US Board of Geographic Names, who will ultimately make the final decision.
Those who oppose the name Harney Peak do so largely because of Colonel William S. Harney's involvement in the Battle of Blue Water (sometimes known as the Battle of Ash Hollow or the Harney Massacre). However, state board member Joe Nadenicek has said the public's opinion during the 30-day comment period, which was held after the board's May 7 meeting, has been largely in opposition.
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