- National Park Service officials announced this week that they’re renaming a popular hiking spot in Grand Canyon National Park.
- The site will be renamed from Indian Gardens to Havasupai Gardens in honor of the natives who called it home.
- The last Havasupai resident living in the area was forcibly removed in 1928.
The Indian Gardens campground in Grand Canyon National Park will be renamed Havasupai Gardens in honor of the indigenous people who once called the area home, officials announced this week.
Earlier this year, the Havasupai Tribe asked the National Park Service to rename a campground frequented by hikers and backpackers traveling on the park’s Bright Angel Trail.
In response, the United States Board of Place Names voted 19 to 0 in favor of approving the request to rename the spot.
According to the National Park Service, the site was known as Haa Gyo until the last Havasupai resident, Captain Bro, was forcibly removed in 1928. statement.
“The eviction of Havasupai residents from Ha’agyo, combined with the offensive name Indian Garden, has had a detrimental and lasting effect on the Havasupai people living there and their descendants,” said Havasupai Tribe President Thomas Siyuja. Stated.
“Approximately 100,000 people visit the area each year to hike the Bright Angel Trail, but most of them are unaware of this history. will be corrected.”
Work is currently underway to change the signage around the site, and the department plans to hold a rededication ceremony in early spring 2023 with the Havasupai tribe, according to NPS.
The move to rename campgrounds is the latest in a nationwide movement to rename public lands, especially if the location uses derogatory terminology for Native Americans.
In September, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced that the term “squaw” would be removed from nearly 650 place names on federal land.