Panel OKs name change of Colorado mountain tied to massacre

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado state panel has recommended Mount Evans, a prominent peak near Denver, be renamed Mount Blue Sky. The Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board voted unanimously Thursday for the change at the request of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes. The Arapaho were known as the Blue Sky People and the Cheyenne hold an annual ceremony called Blue Sky. The name still must receive approval from the governor before consideration by a federal panel. The peak is named after John Evans, Colorado’s second territorial governor, who resigned after an 1864 U.S. cavalry massacre of more than 200 Arapaho and Cheyenne people.