Indian Country 52 #45 – Oglala Lakota County
“Voters on the Pine Ridge Reservation overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure to change the name of their county on Tuesday.
Shannon County will now be known as Oglala Lakota County. The measure passed with 80 percent of the vote, according to the Secretary of State.”
– Indianz.com, Voters on Pine Ridge Reservation approve county name change.
“South Dakota’s map is about to change.
More than 80 percent of Shannon County voters (PDF) approved a measure changing the county’s name to Oglala Lakota County.
The county is heavily Native American, home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
It was originally named for Peter Shannon, chief justice of the Dakota Territory Supreme Court. Shannon was the judge in Jack McCall’s trial for Wild Bill Hickock’s murder, but more pertinently he helped negotiate a number of land deals with Native Americans — which served to transfer more land away from Natives.
Voter approval of the new name isn’t the end of the process. Under state law, the governor is required to “communicate the result” of the name change election to the presiding officer of each house of the Legislature at next year’s session. After that, South Dakota law says the Legislature “shall” pass a joint resolution designating the new name.
Once that happens, the governor “shall” publicly proclaim the new name, which takes effect on the first day of the first month following that proclamation.”
– Argus Leader, Shannon County no more: Voters approve name change.
Download the 18″x24″ poster (.pdf), Indian Country 52 #45 – Oglala Lakota County.
Indian Country 52
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