New Highland Park parks named

The St. Paul City Council on Wednesday approved four winners picked from the 302 submissions: Gateway Park, Assembly Union Park, U??i Makha Park and Mí?a Park. The parks, part of one of the largest redevelopment projects in city history, will open by 2022, according to developer Ryan Cos.’s project website.

U??i Makha (pronounced oon-CHEE ma-KAH) and Mí?a (pronounced MEE-cha) are Dakota words that Indigenous community members helped select. The former means “Mother Earth,” and the latter means “coyote” — an ode to the canines often spotted around the development.

Assembly Union Park recognizes the former Ford plant and employees that worked on the site, while Gateway Park is an entry point to the development and St. Paul.

From StarTribune, 2021-04-22

Had to save this so I can remember how to pronounce the Dakota words in the future