- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Signs at Minneapolis’ Lake Calhoun will soon also refer to its Dakota name after a vote by park commissioners.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board voted Wednesday night to put Bde Maka Ska (be-DAY’ mah-kah skah) on signs around the lake. Activists have advocated for officials to change the name of the lake, but park board attorney Brian Rice says the board doesn’t have the authority to do that.

The lake is named after John C. Calhoun, a former U.S. vice president from South Carolina and a proponent of slavery. Dakota activists say he also played a role in the removal of southeastern U.S. tribes.

Unauthorized signs using a different spelling of the Dakota name had been placed over existing ones at the lake Tuesday night, but they were removed the next day.

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