Federal government: Indiana residents officially 'Hoosiers'
Posted January 12
INDIANAPOLIS — The federal government is now officially referring to Indiana residents as Hoosiers.
U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly and Todd Young said Thursday morning that the Government Publishing Office has changed the designation of Indiana natives to Hoosiers in the new federal government style guide. The Hoosier designation replaces the term Indianan.
The change comes after members of Indiana's congressional delegation sent a letter last year to the office's style board chairman saying that Indiana residents "have always called ourselves Hoosiers." The letter urged the style board chairman to consider including Hoosier in the next style manual because it has "endured since our state's beginnings."
The letter cited cheering for the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team and hiking in the Hoosier National Forest.
Donnelly called the inclusion "welcome and long overdue."