South Dakota Board on Geographic Names


The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names was created by the 2009 Legislature to recommend replacements for offensive names for geographic places. The board consists of representatives from the State Historical Society and the departments of Tribal Relations, Transportation, Environment and Natural Resources, and Tourism. The board works with tribes, local governments, historical societies, citzens and other interested parties in finding suitable replacement names for geographic features containing the offensive names “squaw” and “negro,” and makes such recommendations to the United States Board on Geographic Names. For further information, visit



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Board on Geographic Names to meet March 31, 2015


Board on Geographic Names Seeks Input on Proposed Name Change for Harney Peak in Pennington County





The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names
Meeting on Tuesday, March 31, 2015