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Tue Nov 22, 2022, 02:34 PM

Offensive name of popular Grand Canyon campground gets 'long overdue' change, park says

Also: Indian Garden Now Officially Called Havasupai Gardens (National Park Service)

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Source: Arizona Republic

'Offensive name' of popular Grand Canyon campground gets 'long overdue' change, park says

KiMi Robinson
Arizona Republic
Published 9:26 a.m. ET Nov. 22, 2022 | Updated 12:28 p.m. ET Nov. 22, 2022

PHOENIX – A popular campground inside Grand Canyon National Park has a new name after the Havasupai Tribe requested the National Park Service change Indian Garden's "offensive name" earlier this year.

The campground and rest area along the Bright Angel Trail, which descends into the canyon from the South Rim, is now called Havasupai Gardens.

According to the National Park Service website, Havasupai Gardens Campground "is a beautiful riparian area filled with cottonwood trees" 4.8 miles below the South Rim. There, hikers can find drinking water, a ranger station and toilets.

The name change comes after the U.S. Board of Geographic Names voted unanimously in November to approve the National Park Service's request on behalf of the Havasupai Tribe.

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Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2022/11/22/grand-canyon-campground-renamed-havasupai-gardens-indian-garden/10754985002/

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Source: National Park Service

Indian Garden Now Officially Called Havasupai Gardens

U.S. Board of Geographic Names/National Park Service Approves Havasupai Tribe’s Name Change Request

News Release Date: November 21, 2022

(HAVASUPAI RESERVATION, and Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. Nov. 21, 2022) -- The U.S. Board of Geographic Names voted unanimously (19-0) earlier this month in favor of the formal request submitted by the National Park Service on behalf of the Havasupai Tribe to change the name of Indian Garden (FID #6209) to Havasupai Gardens.

Earlier this year, the Havasupai Tribe passed Resolution 29-21 which provided a formal request to the National Park Service to change the name. Havasupai Gardens is along the Bright Angel Trail and is a frequent stop for day hikers and backpackers exploring the backcountry of Grand Canyon.

Originally called Ha’a Gyoh, the National Park Service (NPS) instituted policies that forced the Havasupai people from Ha’a Gyoh and in 1928, the last Havasupai resident, Captain Burro, was forcibly removed. Havasupai people continued to live and work within Grand Canyon National Park, despite the forced removal from the inner canyon.

“The eviction of Havasupai residents from Ha’a Gyoh coupled with the offensive name, Indian Garden, has had detrimental and lasting impacts on the Havasupai families that lived there and their descendants,” said Chairman Thomas Siyuja, Sr. “Every year, approximately 100,000 people visit the area while hiking the Bright Angel Trail, largely unaware of this history. The renaming of this sacred place to Havasupai Gardens will finally right that wrong.”

Efforts are already underway to update signage, website and other materials with the new name.

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Read more: https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/news/indian-garden-officially-renamed-to-havasupai-gardens.htm

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