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New signs see Lake Calhoun and Bde Maka Ska take equal billing

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Anyone planning on heading to Minneapolis' Bde Maka Ska this weekend?

By that we, of course, mean Lake Calhoun, which now has new signs that honor both its modern name and its historic, Dakota Indian name.

The signs went up on Friday, after the change was approved by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) earlier this month.

It followed a debate over whether to keep the name Calhoun in the wake of the racially-motivated slaying of nine black worshippers in South Carolina earlier this year.

Some called for the name to be changed because John C. Calhoun, the U.S. senator from South Carolina and former vice president for whom the lake was named, was a noted supporter of slavery.

The park board found it didn't have the authority to change the lake's name, but a compromise was reached by which placards around the lake would feature both "Lake Calhoun" and "Bde Maka Ska," which means "White Earth Lake."

"The updated signs are intended to honor the Dakota people and educate the public about the lake’s Dakota name," the MPRB said in a press release.

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