Thune releases statement after Harney Peak name change

Sen. John Thune, (R) South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - U.S. Senator John Thune made a statement Thursday after it was announced that Harney Peak's name was changed to Black Elk Peak.

"I’m surprised and upset by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names’ unilateral decision to rename Harney Peak, one of South Dakota’s most well-known landmarks,” Thune said in a press release. “The national board’s choice to reject the state’s recommendation to leave the name as-is defies logic, since it was state officials who so carefully solicited public feedback and ultimately came to their decision. I’m also disappointed the board grossly misled my office with respect to the timeline of its decision, which wasn’t expected until next year.”