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West Calhoun neighborhood will officially drop 'Calhoun' from its name

The local council voted unanimously on the change this week.

Yet another lakeside institution in Minneapolis will soon be abandoning the name Calhoun.

This time it's West Calhoun, the neighborhood that sits (as the name suggests) on the western side of Bde Maka Ska, formerly Lake Calhoun. 

This week, the West Calhoun Neighborhood Council voted on a motion to change its name. Though the motion, which can be found in the meeting agenda, calls for the name to be switched to "West Lake," the council reportedly went in another direction.

According to Southwest Journal, the new name of the neighborhood will be "West Maka Ska," a reference to the original Dakota name for the neighboring lake. 

The paper says the council voted on the change unanimously, after hearing from nearly two dozen local residents — all of whom thought the new name voiced support for the switch. 

The lake was previously named for John C. Calhoun, the former U.S. vice president and senator who was a supporter of slavery and while secretary of war formulated a failed plan to deport Native Americans west of the Mississippi River.

Minneapolis park officials voted to rename the lake in 2017, a move which was backed up by Hennepin County. The controversial change was finally affirmed by a recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision. 

That change has had a ripple effect on the surrounding community, businesses and organizations. Establishments ranging from Noodles & Company (located in Calhoun Commons) to Calhoun Beach Club and Uptown's Calhoun Square have all taken steps to distance themselves from the lake's former name. 

It's not clear when West Calhoun will officially switch over to West Maka Ska, but BringMeTheNews has reached out to the neighborhood council for comment. 

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