Mt. McKinley is now Denali: President Obama fulfills demand of Alaskans
McKinley is no longer the highest peak in North America. No it hasnâ€™t shrunk as much in the last couple of decades to lose its place, instead it has been given the same local name by which it was known to local people in Alaska.
The news has created a sort of excitement across the sparsely populated Alaska where people said it was due for a very long time.
Shehla, an Alaskan while writing on her Facebook page showed here delight in the following words, â€œI am delighted that the highest mountain in the country–in North America–will finally lose its imposed name of Mount McKinley and will henceforth by known as Denali. I’ll be happy with this even if nothing else comes out of Mr. Obama’s visit to our splendid and grand stateâ€.
A White House press release said that President Obama was changing the name as a sign of respect to local sentiments. â€œThis designation recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives,â€ the release said. The change in nomenclature of the mountain comes after a debate between lawmakers from Alaska and Ohio, McKinleyâ€™s home state. In January, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska introduced legislation that sought to officially call the mountain what Alaskans and indigenous people called it, she said â€” â€œDenali,â€ or â€œthe high one.â€
It is needless to say that Murkowsk is super excited as she has succeeded in her endeavor. In a tweet she said, â€œToday we are honored to recognize Americaâ€™s highest peak officially as Denaliâ€.
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