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Tue Dec 8, 2020, 07:01 AM

Board on Geographic Names Approves "Arikara Creek" for Often Dry Run Near Pierre

Bob Mercer reports that the South Dakota Board on Geographic Names has proposed naming a creek south of Pierre Arikara Creek, in recognition of the tribe that inhabited the area hundreds of years ago. The name was suggested by Joseph Ashley, a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe with Rosebud tribe affiliation and a program specialist at the Department of Social Services. Ashley’s suggestion got a second from his Pierre Riggs 1979 chum Troy Jones of Sioux Falls:



“Arikara Creek” received mild opposition from one Tish Gilmore, who suggested that the Arikara deserve more robust recognition than their name on a mostly dry watercourse:



Dribbling, weak, and faltering? Suggestions will surely abound from the peanut gallery. Given other names proposed to the board—”Crone Creek” from Gilmore, “Mush Creek” from fellow local Nancy Dewell—perhaps the perfect name would be Kristi Creek. Ah, alliteration….

South Dakota’s name board now forwards “Arikara Creek” to the United States Board on Geographic Names for final approval.Dribbling, weak, and faltering? Suggestions will surely abound from the peanut gallery. Given other names proposed to the board—”Crone Creek” from Gilmore, “Mush Creek” from fellow local Nancy Dewell—perhaps the perfect name would be Kristi Creek. Ah, alliteration….

Read more: http://dakotafreepress.com/2020/12/07/board-on-geographic-names-approves-arikara-creek-for-often-dry-run-near-pierre/
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