This Grand Canyon destination will ditch its ‘offensive name’ in decades, says Ranger

decades ago, The National Park Service Forced the Havasupai to Evacuate From the area formerly known as Haagyo, officials said.

In 1928, the last tribal resident, “Captain Bro, was forcibly removed,” according to a November 21 Park Service news release. This land was also called Indian Garden.

Now, the popular destination will be renamed Havasupai Gardens after a 19-to-0 vote by the U.S. Board of Place Names and a formal request for a name change from the Havasupai tribe earlier this year, NPS said.

Havasupai resident Thomas Shuja Sr. said in a news release, “The eviction of Havasupai residents from Ha’agyo, combined with the offensive name of the Indian Gardens, is a detrimental and enduring threat to the Havasupai families and their descendants who lived there. It made an impact,” he said. “The renaming of this sacred place to Havasupai Gardens will finally set the tone right.”

About 100,000 people visit the area each year, usually hiking the Bright Angel Trail, according to Shiyuja, according to the release. Most people don’t know this history.

According to the release, Ed Keble, administrator of the Grand Canyon National Park, said the name change was “long overdue.”

“This is a tribute to the excessive hardships the park is inflicting on the Havasupai people,” Keble said.

For generations, the Bro family, who later changed their name to Tilousi, fought “to protect the history and culture of the Havasupai people,” the release said.

“As descendants of the Baro Tirsi family, I am pleased to always remember and honor the true history of how the development of Grand Canyon National Park forced my family to relocate. said in

Even after being forced off their land, the Havasupai people “continued to live and work within Grand Canyon National Park,” the release said.

“The Havasupai people have always called the vast Grand Canyon and the plateau to its south our home,” said Siyuja. “The Creator made the Havasupai tribe Guardians of the Grand Canyon, a role we take very seriously. We are a small tribe. But our voice and spirit are big.” ”

NPS said it is working to rename its billboards, website and other materials. The re-dedication ceremony is underway for spring 2023.

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