Utah canyon re­named af­ter years of de­bate

Lethbridge Herald - - HEADLINE NEWS WEATHER -

Af­ter years of de­bate, a U.S. govern­ment board has voted unan­i­mously to re­name Utah’s Ne­gro Bill Canyon, over­rul­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion by Utah of­fi­cials to keep the name.

The Salt Lake Tri­bune re­ports that the U.S. Board on Geo­graphic Names de­cided Thurs­day to re­name it Grand­staff Canyon to get rid of an of­fen­sive name.

The new name hon­ours black rancher and prospec­tor Wil­liam Grand­staff, whose cat­tle grazed there in the 1870s.

The Utah Com­mit­tee on Geo­graphic Names had rec­om­mended keep­ing the name, cit­ing a lack of con­sen­sus from state mi­nor­ity groups.

The NAACP said the name is not of­fen­sive.

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