Senator Proposes McKinley Name Change

Ohio legislators say they'll fight "Denali"

Adam Roy

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced a bill to officially rename the country’s highest peak, Mount McKinley, to Denali, drawing the ire of legislators from President William McKinley’s native state, Ohio. Under Murkowski’s proposal, Denali—an Athabascan word meaning “the high one,” commonly used by mountaineers and Alaskans—would become the “technically correct” name for the mountain. The proposed legslation is the latest salvo in a battle that dates back to 1975, when Alaska’s legislature passed a resolution asking the Secretary of the Interior to rename the peak. The name change was blocked by U.S. Representative Ralph Regula of Ohio until his retirement in 2009, and subsequent Ohio delegations have continued to fight it.

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