US OKs renaming offensive South Dakota creek

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Posted: Dec 12, 2014 6:59 PM

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A federal board has approved a new name for a South Dakota creek because the old name was offensive.

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names has approved renaming a creek in Moody County to "Isanti Creek." It was originally named "Squaw Creek."

The board also approved naming a previously unnamed creek in Minnehaha County "Annie Anderson Creek."

The names were recommended by the state Board on Geographic Names as a result of public input.

The state board was established in 2009 to remove offensive nomenclature, including the word "squaw," from geographic features in the state.

The state originally planned to also replace the word "Negro" from features. But black leaders argued the term is not offensive and removing it from names would harm the legacy of African-Americans in the state.