President Obama wants to rename America’s tallest mountain

President Obama wants to rename America’s tallest mountain

Obama renamed Mount McKinley into Denali, as a solidarity to the native Athabaskan people of Alaska.

Obama renamed Mount McKinley into Denali, as a solidarity to the native Athabaskan people of Alaska.

The highest mountain of Alaska and USA was named as the Mount McKinley in 1898 by a researcher who discovered it. Before it, he heard that Ohio Republican William McKinley was running for president. The next year he was chosen to the office. The mount was officially named McKinley in 1917 when President Wilson signed the Mount McKinley National Park Act.

However, native Koyukon Athabaskan people who always lived near the mountain called the 20,320 ft (6,194 metres) mountain as ‘Denali’, which means the great one.

Mount McKinley, now Denali.

Mount McKinley, now Denali.

In 1975 people from Alaska asked the United States Board on Geographic Names to rename the mount into ‘Denali’, but the request was blocked by an Ohio congressman.

After the presidential visit to Alaska, Obama’s decision to change the name was announced by his Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. She said in a brief statement:

With our own sense of reverence for this place, we are officially renaming the mountain Denali in recognition of the traditions of Alaska Natives and the strong support of the people of Alaska

Barack Obama is the first president who visited Alaskan Arctic during his three-day trip.

Denali is US tallest mountain. It is very famous among climbers, though it is very dangerous. So far, more than 100 climbers died there.

 

 

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