Documents for the BGN Proposal
Citizens for Healing is petitioning the US Board on Geographic Names to change the name of Kelseyville to Konocti.
The unique name of Konocti honors our beautiful mountain and the native people. It evokes images of nature, art, music, spirituality, and recreation
The town of Kelseyville was named after Andrew Kelsey. However, historic records reveal that this same man and his brothers enslaved, brutalized, raped, starved, and murdered many local natives.
Giving the town a new name will create a more healing environment for the whole county.
Elders from all seven tribes in Lake County have given their approval of the new name Konocti.
Summary: Who, Why and How
Citizens for Healing (C4H) is a local group of volunteers who came together to change the name of the town of Kelseyville to Konocti. See our About Page
The first C4H meeting was held in Pioneer Park in Kelseyville on October 12, 2020, Indigenous Peoples Day, and we have been meeting nearly every month since then. We have held public informational meetings all round the lake. On Monday, October 9th, (Indigenous People's Day, 2023) Citizens for Healing held a gathering to Celebrate 3 years of functioning together as a group.
On October 19, 2023 our proposal was accepted by the US Board on Geographic Names. We expect it to be on the January 2024 Quarterly Review List.
The core of our formal proposal is on our Why Page
The procedure is on our How Page
Our full proposal is on the Documents Page