Friday, June 26, 2015

Harney Peak one bar on South Dakota's Confederate battle flag

Reading comments under some of the Rapid City Journal's articles can be horrifying and cringeworthy. Such is the case under Jim Kent's most recent op/ed.
There “may” be some tensions between Native Americans and white folks. Still, at least we’re not fighting over the Confederate flag. The only symbol on the table here is the proposed re-designation of Harney Peak to Hinhan Kaga — with one of two primary objections from state legislators being that the new name would be too hard to pronounce. Guess that leaves racism conveniently out of our lexicon. [KENT: Racism beat drives on across country]
The Journal has censored Kent, also a free-lance producer for South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

Even GOP squish Jon Lauck is saying the American genocide is not being taught sufficiently in South Dakota schools.

White South Dakota bureaupublicans should know better than to live on the wrong side of history.
Two members of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s cabinet have submitted letters to the state Board on Geographic Names opposing the board’s recommended renaming of Harney Peak to “Hinhan Kaga (Making of Owls)." [Seth Tupper]
This blogger has been arguing for Lakota names on South Dakota's geological features for at least twenty years.

It's time for the State of South Dakota to abandon Bear Butte State Park that it claimed through colonization and remand it to the tribes for governance so they can restore its name to Mato Paha and for the US Park Service to add the name Mahto Tipila to Devils Tower National Monument.

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