President Obama Renames Mount McKinney


President Obama will rename Mount McKinley, he announced Sunday.

The president is using his executive power to restore the Alaska Native name of Denali, the tallest peak in North America reaching 20,000 feet.

The name change holds deep cultural ties to the Koyukon Athabascans, a group that for a thousand years has lived in Alaska.

“For generations, Alaskans have known this majestic mountain as ‘the great one,'” said Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska.

The name Mount McKinley was established when a gold prospector had explored the range and heard that Mr. McKinley had won the Republican nomination and declared the tallest peak should be named in his honor in 1896.

The national park surrounding the peak is named Denali National Park and Preserve.

 

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