By The Associated Press
GARDINER, Mont. – Leaders of Native American tribes gathered this weekend to urge the U.S. government to rename a valley and a mountain in Yellowstone National Park.
They say the names are associated with a man who advocated killing Native Americans and another who did just that.
The tribal leaders delivered a petition Saturday to park officials noting their opposition to the names of Hayden Valley and Mount Doane.
Doane was attached to a U.S. Army cavalry company that participated in a massacre of non-combatant Indians.
Hayden, whose explorations were a key element in the eventual creation of the park, called for exterminating American Indians who wouldn’t become farmers and ranchers.