Bde Maka Ska

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board added “Bde Maka Ska” to signs around Lake Calhoun in the fall of 2015.

The move came after more than a 1,000 people signed a petition asking the board to rename the lake, saying “Lake Calhoun” represents a history of slavery and racism.

The lake was named after John Caldwell Calhoun, a South Carolina statesman, former vice president, senator, secretary of state and proponent of slavery. He is infamously known for preaching slavery as “a positive good” in the 1800s.

The new signs leave open the question of how to actually pronounce the Dakota name.


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