California man submits proposal to rename Mount Rushmore to Lakota Sioux name ...

California man submits proposal to rename Mount Rushmore to its Lakota Sioux name of 'Igmu Tanka Paha', or Cougar Mountain A California resident proposed renaming Mount Rushmore to Igmu Tanka Paha The term is a Lakota Sioux name that means Cougar Mountain  The suggestion was submitted in July to the Board on Geographic Names  It would only apply to the mountain - not the national monument A name change is unlikely, and would require overwhelming public support  Representative Dusty Johnson has introduced a bill protecting the existing name

By Harriet Alexander For Dailymail.com

Published: 01:20 BST, 27 September 2020 | Updated: 01:20 BST, 27 September 2020

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A man from California has submitted a proposal to rename Mount Rushmore, in a highly-unlikely bid to recognize the Native American people of South Dakota.

The anonymous man is seeking the renaming of the mountain Igmu Tanka Paha - a Lakota Sioux name meaning Cougar Mountain. 

His bid came after Barack Obama in 2015 officially renamed Mount McKinley as Denali - ending a controversy that had raged for over 100 years.

Yet the current proposal, made in July, seems highly unlikely to gain traction.

The Board on Geographic Names, which decides any renaming, is usually conservative and would only respond in the case of overwhelming public support. 

A proposal has been submitted to rename Mount Rushmore with a Lakota Sioux term

A proposal has been submitted to rename Mount Rushmore with a Lakota Sioux term

Dusty Johnson is working to preserve the original name of the South Dakota site

Dusty Johnson is working to preserve the original name of the South Dakota site

Furthermore, the bid has already been blocked by a South Dakotan congressman, Dusty Johnson, who introduced a bill to Congress that would protect the existing name. The Board will not vote on a name change that is currently being debated by Congress - even if Congress never formally votes on the bill.

'The overwhelming

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