Daugaard: Federal Board Renames Harney Peak

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Two South Dakota lawmakers are speaking out following a federal decision to rename Harney Peak.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says the change to name of South Dakota’s tallest peak will cause “unnecessary expense and confusion.”

Daugaard said Thursday that he was surprised that the U.S. Board on Geographic Names had decided to rename Harney as Black Elk Peak.

U.S. Senator John Thune of South Dakota says the decision defies logic.

The federal board didn’t immediately return calls from The Associated Press.

Harney Peak was named for Army Gen. William S. Harney, who in 1855 led soldiers who killed Sioux Indians in Nebraska.

Basil Brave Heart, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, proposed the change. He didn’t answer a telephone call for comment.

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