Name of dam might be changed

The Oglala Sioux Tribe might consider changing the name of Squaw Humper Dam, a member of the state Board of Geographic Names said Thursday.

The dam is on privately owned property in Oglala Lakota County but the tribe claims the rights to all surface water within the reservation boundaries, Jay Vogt said. He is director for the South Dakota State Historical Society and the state historic preservation officer.

Recommending name changes to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names is one of the responsibilities for the state board. Vogt said he has been in contact with a tribal official.

“Whether the U.S. board would make the change without the landowner’s permission, I don’t know,” June Hansen said. She is state board chairwoman.