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California parks bosses return a Yurok name to the North Coast: Sue-Meg State Park

Goodbye, Patrick's Point, and hello (again) to Sue-Meg (spoken "soo-meh").

The California State Park on the ocean north of Eureka got a unanimous vote from the State Parks Commission to revert to the name the Yurok people used for the place for millennia.

There is already a Sumeg (the spelling is variable) village within the park representing a traditional Yurok settlement. Now the name will extend to the entire park.

We talk about the significance of the name change with Skip Lowry, a State Parks employee descended from Yurok, Mountain Maidu, and Pit River people; Terry Supahan of True North Organizing Network; and Pastor Bethany Nass Cseh from Arcata United Methodist Church and Catalyst Church.

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