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Donnelly, Young Announce Government Publishing Office to Call Indiana Residents “Hoosiers” Instead of “Indianans”

Donnelly and then-Representative Young sent letters requesting change

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly and U.S. Senator Todd Young announced today that the Government Publishing Office has changed the designation of Indiana natives to “Hoosiers” in the new federal government style guide. The style guide currently uses the term “Indianan.” Donnelly and former Senator Coats sent a letter last year to Michael Abramson, Chairman of the Government Publishing Office’s Style Board, as did then-Representative Young, requesting the change.

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Donnelly said, “I’m pleased the federal government has granted our request and will now call us what we call ourselves: Hoosiers.This is a welcome and long overdue change.”

Young said, “We aren’t achieving world peace here, but it’s nice to be recognized by the federal government as Hoosiers. It’s not just a classic movie. It’s not just the nickname for IU athletics. It’s who we are.”

The Government Publishing Office is the federal government’s official printing office. It is responsible for producing, publishing, distributing, and preserving information, products, and services in print and digital formats for all three branches of the federal government. This includes official publications of Congress, the White House, and other federal agencies.