Native American Tribes Seek Name Change to Valley in Yellowstone National Park

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Source: Chicago Tribune

The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association representing the Sioux tribes in Nebraska and Dakotas is seeking to change the name of a valley in Yellowstone that was named after an explorer that led exterminations against Native American tribes. The name would be changed from Mount Doane to First Peoples Mountain and Hayden Valley to Buffalo Nations Valley.

The move follows suit with movements around the U.S. aimed at taking down monuments commemorating those who were pro slavery.

“But we’re not for names where individuals have been involved with genocide, where elders and children have been killed and there have been some traumatic events in our history that don’t meet standards of honor,” said one of the leaders.

Native American leaders say the creation of national parks and these natural landscapes were built upon killing tribes and removing families from their homes and land.

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