What’s in a Name?

Names are important. Sometimes names change. Let’s look at the names of some places that have changed. Let’s look at why the names have changed. 

This lake is in Minnesota. The Dakota people first lived here. They are Native Americans. They called the lake Bde Maka Ska. You say it like “Bi-day Ma-ka-ska.” European settlers moved in. They called it Lake Calhoun. They named it after John C. Calhoun. He was a vice president. He supported slavery. Some people decided not to honor him anymore. Now, everyone calls the lake Bde Maka Ska. 

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