The state’s highest court will make the final call on whether Bde Maka Ska or Lake Calhoun is the official name for the largest lake in the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, according to an MPR story.
Dakota community members worked for years to get the original Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska, restored. It replaced Lake Calhoun, named after John C. Calhoun, a pro-slavery politician from South Carolina who never set foot in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) appeared to have given the final OK for Bde Maka Ska. Some city residents who were fond of the name Lake Calhoun sued to keep it and the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled in their favor. The DNR didn’t have the authority to change the lake name after it had been in place for 40 years.
The DNR is appealing that ruling to the Minnesota Supreme Court. According to MPR:
The DNR had called the entire question moot because the U.S. Board of Geographic Names already changed the name of the lake to Bde Maka Ska, and a Ramsey County district court judge had agreed.