Native Americans Call for Name Changes at Yellowstone
Native Americans are proposing name changes at Yellowstone National Park. Last September, leaders from across North America gathered there and asked the federal government to change the name of Mount Doane to First Peoples Mountain. They also want to rename the iconic Hayden Valley. But earlier this year, Park County commissioners in Wyoming voted against changing Mount Doane and Hayden Valley. They said people there like the names. They're used to them.Ferdinand Hayden was one of the first surveyors of Yellowstone, and he compiled a geological survey that called for the extermination of American Indians. Army Lt. Gustavus Doane led U.S. troops who massacred nearly 200 Piikani people on a Montana river bank. Most were women, children, and the elderly. NPR reports that massacres like this were a major part of what some historians call a forgotten genocide during the colonization and settlement of the American West. The perpetrators of these massacres were sometimes honored with mountains, valleys, and towns. The board is still waiting on a recommendation from the National Park Service but said it could make a final decision on the Yellowstone landmarks as early as this fall. More here.