Yellowstone National Park has announced that Mount Doane is now named First Peoples Mountain. Yesterday’s announcement follows a 15-0 vote affirming the change by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, the federal body responsible for maintaining uniform geographic name usage throughout the federal government. First Peoples Mountain is a 10,551-foot peak within Yellowstone National Park east of Yellowstone Lake in the southeastern portion of the park.
The peak was previously named after Gustavas Doane, a key member of the Washburn-Langford-Doane expedition in 1870. Research has shown that earlier that same year, Doane had led an attack on a band of Peigan Blackfeet in response to the alleged murder of a white fur trader.
During what is now known as the Marias Massacre, at least 173 American Indians were killed, including many women, elderly Tribal members and children suffering from smallpox. Based on recommendations from the Rocky Mountain Tribal Council, the name was forwarded to the Board on Geographic Names for a vote in June 2022.