The Legacy of Indigenous Names

"Our group's project focuses on the legacy of Dakota names for land and how it has been changed, and what efforts have been done to change them back, as well as what we can do to make change happen. Specifically, one case we will focus on is the case of Kate Beane and her personal journey to change the name of the famous Lake Calhoun back to its original Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska. We will also want to highlight the indigenous names for plants, medicine, lakes, and other items, as well as how Bde Maka Ska is just the catalyst for a broader recognition of Dakota names and culture in general."