Dakota name added to Lake Calhoun signs

Credit: Photo by Eric Best

The Park Board’s Lake Calhoun signs saw the addition of Bde Maka Ska below the current name Friday. 

Crews will be adding the Dakota name meaning “white earth lake” to about 10 signs around the lake. The change doesn’t officially rename Lake Calhoun.  

Park commissioners voted to add the new signage in early September following years of controversy over the name.

The campaign to rename Lake Calhoun got new momentum following the shooting massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. earlier this summer. The lake is named after John C. Calhoun, a South Carolina politician who was an ardent supporter of slavery and vice president of the United States from 1825-1832.

Commissioner Brad Bourn, who has advocated for an official name change for years, told the Southwest Journal that he expects the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to discuss the renaming issue again this year and will be working with supporters to press ahead.