Peak now will be known as First Peoples Mountain. However, still no word on the oil permits being processed by the Department of the Interior.
It’s good to see that our Department of the Interior has resolved all the critical issues in this country (including the approval of leases for petroleum exploration), so that the National Park Service can spend its time on critical issues.
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.
The Wyoming mountain stands at 10,551 feet east of Yellowstone Lake.
The mountain took its name from explorer Gustavus Doane, who served in the US military and fought in several campaigns against American Indian tribes.
Born in Illinois in 1840, Doane grew up in California and attended the University of the Pacific at Santa Clara before enlisting in the “California Hundred,” a federal volunteer unit absorbed by the Second Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry.
After attaining the rank of sergeant by 1864, he resigned to accept a commission as a lieutenant with the first regiment, Mississippi Marine Brigade, according to Montana State University.
After the Civil War, Doane was appointed mayor in Yazoo City Mississippi in 1867.
A year later, he applied for a commission with the army and was appointed second lieutenant in the Second US Cavalry.
For the next 24 years, Doane served with the regiment, attaining the rank of captain in 1884.
He had been stationed at frontier posts in Montana, California and Arizona during his postwar career.
He participated in the Sioux war of 1876, the Nez Pearce War of 1877 and the Apache campaign of 1886.
Doane also led the first official exploration of present-day Yellowstone National Park, the Langford-Washburn expedition of 1870.
The main point of ire over Doane is an attack on the Piegan Blackfeet in northern Montana.
Doane bragged for the rest of his life about what become known as the Marias Massacre.
The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association, an organization of tribal chairmen of 16 Sioux tribes from the Dakotas and Nebraska, demanded that Mount Doane be renamed in 2018.
‘This name change is long overdue. We all agreed on ”First Peoples’ Mountain” as an appropriate name to honor the victims of such inhumane acts of genocide, and to also remind people of the 10,000-year-plus connection tribal peoples have to this sacred place now called Yellowstone,’ Piikani Nation Chief Stan Grier said in a statement Wednesday.
The attack in response to the alleged slaying of a white fur trader killed at least 173 American Indians, including many women, elders and children suffering from smallpox, Yellowstone officials said in a statement.
‘We’re not against certain names,’ William Snell, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, said in 2018.
‘But we’re not for names where individuals have been involved with genocide, where elders and children have been killed and there have been some traumatic events in our history that don’t meet standards of honor.’
This move is totally on-brand for the agency headed by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. As I have noted previously, Haaland is a classic Biden appointment, selected for her minority status (Native American) and focus on progressive activism, in addition to her adherence to party over citizens. Her entire focus in the Department has been race activism.
Haaland recently spent some time in front of a Senate hearing explaining administration priorities and why her team was slow-walking oil and gas leases. There is still no word on those leases.
Meanwhile, while the Yellowstone Supervolcano does not appear to be rumbling, there was still quite a bit of shaking last year in the region.
[T]here were 2,773 earthquakes located by the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, including 10 magnitude 3 earthquakes, 163 magnitude 2 earthquakes, and 2,600 earthquakes with magnitudes less than 2. Of the total number of earthquakes, 65% occurred as part of swarms (defined as the occurrence of many small earthquakes in the same small area over a relatively short period of time). The largest swarm of 2021 included 825 events beneath Yellowstone Lake during July 15–25.
Ground deformation in Yellowstone Caldera followed trends that have been ongoing since 2015, with subsidence of a few centimeters (about 1 inch) over the course of the year. On the north side of the caldera, however, satellite radar measurements suggest a slight amount of uplift — about 1 centimeter (0.4 inches). This pattern is not unusual, having also occurred in the same area during 1996–2004.
Here’s hoping the First People’s Mountain stays at its peak for some time.
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