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Duluth Park Renamed to Honor Indigenous Heritage

Baihly Warfield
Updated: December 10, 2018 10:23 PM

DULUTH, Minn. - A park near the Lakewalk has a new name that the city hopes will honor Duluth's indigenous heritage. 

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Lake Place Park will become Gichi-ode' Akiing, an Ojibwe name that translates to "A Grand Heart Place." The Duluth City Council passed the name change unanimously Monday night. 

The park is located just east of Endion Station on the Superior Street level above the Lakewalk. 

It's the location where the city kicked off its Cold Front February festival last winter and held some outdoor concerts over the summer. 

With the name change, supporters hope it will become a place where all people feel welcome, especially those of indigenous descent. 

"If we're talking about any kind of reconciliation between nations of people, how do we relate to one another with kindness or respect and things of this nature," Ricky DeFoe said. "So it only seems proper, then, for reconciliation purposes to re-name a park."

The Indigenous Commission has been working on the name for years. They hope it will become a place of healing and acceptance. 

"Doing this is just so important to our Indian community and to the children in the Indian community," Carol Deverney said. "They have to be able to see things in the city where they live that represents them, someone that they can relate to."

New signage is expected to go up in the spring that will reflect the name change. The signs will also incorporate Lake Place Park to avoid any confusion.

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