Relative of Army Gen. William Harney supports American Indian effort to rename Harney Peak


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RAPID CITY, South Dakota — The effort to have South Dakota's tallest point renamed has gained the support of a distant relative of the Army general for whom Harney Peak is named.

The name change is being sought by a group including Basil Brave Heart. The Pine Ridge Reservation resident says Harney Peak is an offensive name for the 7,242-foot peak that's the highest point in the Black Hills and also billed as the highest point in North America east of the Rockies.

The peak was named for Army Gen. William S. Harney, who in 1855 led a command of soldiers that killed 86 Sioux in Nebraska.

The Rapid City Journal reports ( ) Paul Soderman, Gen. Harney's first cousin seven times removed, has written to the state Board on Geographic Names supporting a new name.

Information from: Rapid City Journal,

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