The Rapid City Journal has an excellent article on the forced name change to Harney Peak that had been previously been rejected by the state board on geographical names, but forced on the state by the Federal Government.
Because as a state, we have the right to absolutely ignore the decision:
The U.S. Board on Geographic Names unanimously decided on Thursday to change the name, and the move applies to all federal geographic products including maps and publications, said board member Jon Campbell, a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey. In most cases, he said, states as well as commercial mapmakers and others honor the federal board’s decision.
But, Campbell added, the board has no legal authority to require a state to change its own maps, signs or literature.
“The state will certainly not go to any extra expense to implement this, and is still evaluating options,” Venhuizen said via email.
After being asked more pointedly via email whether the Daugaard administration now considers the name of the state’s tallest mountain to be Harney Peak or Black Elk Peak, Venhuizen wrote, “The map on our wall says ‘Harney Peak.’ That’s what we know for today.”
Do you think that the state will take any action on it? Or a bigger question, will this become a political issue, and possibly be memorialized in the next legislative session?