Utqiagvik City Council won't send name change back for a second vote

The Utqiaġvik City Council on Jan. 31 voted down an ordinance that would have sent its recent name change back for a second vote.

In October, voters in the city formerly known as Barrow narrowly opted to change the name to the Inupiaq "Utqiaġvik," with 381 votes in favor and 375 opposed. The name change took effect on Dec. 1.

[Barrow's new name is its old one, Utqiaġvik. Local Iñupiaq leaders hope its use heals as it teaches.]

Last month's ordinance seeking another vote on the...

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