Mount Doane has been renamed First Peoples Mountain.
The mount was initially named after Gustavus Cheyney Doane.
The National Park Service announced last week that Yellowstone National Park’s Mount Doane would be renamed First Peoples Mountain.
The agency said Thursday the change was taken to remove an “offensive name” from America’s first national park.
The U.S. Board on Geographic Names voted unanimously, 15-0, affirming the decision.
Here is the controversy:
The National Park Service said that in 1870, Doane led an attack on a band of Piegan Blackfeet in response to the alleged murder of a white fur trader.
“During what is now known as the Marias Massacre, at least 173 American Indians were killed, including many women, elderly Tribal members and children suffering from smallpox. Doane wrote fondly about this attack and bragged about it for the rest of his life,” the agency wrote.
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