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Panel Recommends Keeping ‘Negro’ in Place Names

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Acting on a request by black leaders, the South Dakota panel responsible for getting rid of offensive geographic names has decided to seek the repeal of a state law that requires the renaming of places that use the word "Negro."

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by Robyn Wright
by Robyn Wright

Should The Word ‘Negro’ Disappear From South Dakota Places?

Tonight(Thursday, Oct 24th) at 7 p.m., the South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) is holding a board meeting at the Sioux Falls Library Main Office, 200 N. Dakota Ave. (Meeting Room A).

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‘Negro’ Stays in Geographic Descriptions in South Dakota

The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names met in Pierre on Tuesday. On the agenda were 17 locations with names identified as offensive by the Legislature in a law passed in 2009.

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