To: Louis Yost, Executive Secretary, U.S. Board on Geographic Names

Operation Mountain Name Change

Change the name from Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak to support cultural diversity and unity for all walks of life. With the many atrocities of today that occur every day in our media with events such as the most recent tragedy of the church shootings in South Carolina in relationship to the "Confederate Flag," it is time for America to come to a neutral perspective and remove all offensive and negative names and items from the public view and renew a self-pride and understanding through Cultural Diversity among all walks of life. Just as the confederate flag is offensive in the South, so is the name of General William Harney in South Dakota to the Native American Communities.

Why is this important?

Greetings,
Today, our peaceful campaign to change Harney Peak to Black Peak has made it to the United States Board on Geographic Names (USBGN) for a vote to accept the new sacred name of a mountain to be called "Black Elk Peak." This historical vote will take place on September 10, 2015, in Washington, DC at 9:30 am (ET). The address is located below:

Department of Interior
(Kiowa Room)
1849 C St. NW
Washington, DC 20240

On August 13, 2015, I will provide a presentation to the USBGN on the importance of the significance of the Black Hills of South Dakota to the Native American and the importance of changing the name from Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak through cultural diversity and unity with an emphasis of "Mending our Sacred Hoop One Generation at Time, through Cultural Diversity" with all walks of life.

With the many atrocities of today that occur every day in our media with events such as the most recent tragedy of the church shootings in South Carolina in relationship to the "Confederate Flag," it is time for America to come to a neutral perspective and remove all offensive and negative names and items from the public view and renew a self-pride and understanding through cultural diversity among all walks of life. Just as the Confederate flag is offensive in the South, so is the name of General William Harney in South Dakota to the Native American Tribes.

Please show your support and help us get to this very important meeting.

if you have any questions please contact me directly at (605)407-0961.

Mitakuye Oyasin- Translates to "WE ARE RELATED" in the Sioux Language.

Sincerely,
Myron W. Pourier
Great-Great Grandson of Black Elk

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Reasons for signing

  • Yes! Lets get this done!!
  • I am Nakota Sioux from Fort Peck Sioux Reservation. I am standing up for a name change on this Mountain which is scared to the Sioux people.
  • Hope this helps.