Lawsuit over changed town name

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A court hearing is set for today in Alaska for a lawsuit challenging the new Inupiat Eskimo name of the nation’s northernmost town.

Voters in the town formerly known as Barrow approved the new name, Utqiagvik, by six votes last October.

Just before the name became effective in December, the civil lawsuit was filed by a local Alaska Native corporation, Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corp., which says city officials rushed the process with insufficient outreach to the public. Plaintiffs also maintain the new name isn’t even the area’s traditional place name.