Yellowstone mountain gets tribal name; Army lieutenant ousted for role in massacre

Billings Gazette

Yellowstone National Park announced on Thursday that a mountain named in honor of a U.S. Army lieutenant who participated in the slaughter of a band of Blackfeet Indians in 1870 is now named First Peoples Mountain.

“This name change is long overdue,” Stan Grier, chief of the Piikani Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy, said in a statement.

The announcement follows a 15-0 vote affirming the change by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, the federal body responsible for maintaining uniform geographic name usage throughout the federal government.

Chief Stan Grier of the Piikani Nation, center, and other tribal leaders present a petition to Yellowstone National Park Deputy Superintendent Pat Kenney during a protest at the Roosevelt Arch at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in 2017.

SAM WILSON, Helena Independent Record

First Peoples Mountain is a 10,551-foot peak within Yellowstone National Park east of Yellowstone Lake in the southeastern portion of the park. The peak was previously named after Gustavus Doane, a key member of the Washburn-Langford-Doane expedition that explored the Yellowstone area in 1870, prior to it becoming

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