Yellowstone Mountain that honored the Army officer who led the massacre of Native Americans is renamed

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo — A government panel has renamed a mountain in Yellowstone National Park that was named after a US Army officer who helped lead a massacre of Native Americans.

Mount Doane will now be called First Peoples Mountain after the unanimous vote of the US Board on Geographic Names, the National Park Service announced Thursday.

The 10,551-foot (3,200-meter) peak in southeast Yellowstone, Wyoming was named for Lieutenant Gustavus Doane, who in 1870 helped lead an attack on a band of Piegan Blackfeet in the northern Montana.

Doane bragged for the rest of his life about what became known as the Marias Massacre. The attack in response to the alleged murder of a white fur trader killed at least 173 Native Americans, including many women, the elderly and children with smallpox, Yellowstone officials said in a statement.

In addition to being a leader of the massacre, Doane was a key member of a Yellowstone expedition that same year. Yellowstone became the world’s first national park in 1872.

Yellowstone officials consulted with 27 tribes on the name change, according to the release.

“This name change is long overdue. We all agreed on the name “First Peoples Mountain” to honor the victims of such inhumane acts of genocide, and also to remind people of the 10,000+ year connection between tribal peoples and this place. sacred now called Yellowstone. Piikani Nation Chief Stan Grier said in a statement Wednesday.

The traditional territory of the Piikani Nation covers much of Montana, including the site of the Marias Massacre, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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