With all of the “stuff” going on in the world—war in Ukraine, famine in Somalia, floods, heat waves, climate change and inflation everywhere—it’s easy to overlook the work at the US Department of the Interior. And to overlook its director, Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland.
I’ve written before about her appointment of Chuck Sams as the Director of the National Park System, and her vigorous examination of the death of children at Indian boarding schools. Today’s New York Times brings the story of name changes:
“A mountain in Yellowstone National Park, named for an Army officer who led a massacre in which at least 173 Native Americans were slaughtered, has been renamed in honor of America’s Indigenous people, the National Park Service said…. the U.S. Board on Geographic Names… voted unanimously to rename Mount Doane, a 10,551-foot peak in the southeastern part of Yellowstone… First Peoples Mountain.”
Fitting of course, as Yellowstone was used by many tribes prior to its Read The Article