Unless there's some massive cultural or historical significance, what's the point? Kinda of like saying, "No, that's not a fridge anymore. It's going to be called a fan from now on!" -Gunnerbob
Well your missing the point on many fronts. It's not a man made object like a fridge. It's a mountain and the biggest in North America. It has been called versions of "Denali" for thousands of years until some prospector, likely drunk, decided he'd name it McKinley as if he discovered the Mt for the first time. Alaska made a formal request in 1975 to change the name to Denali. 1975! In 1980 the park was changed from Mt McKinley National park to Denali National park. Note that it's a national park.
Putting it back to it's native name was at least a token acknowledgement that people other than white folks were there at one time and actually used words.
This is so back to the future. Where the hell have people been for the last 20 years?
The only reason the Mt wasn't officially renamed is that senators from Ohio protested, Ohioans got upset. Alaska wants it Denali and have wanted it so for 40 years. They actually do care.
Everyone for decades with a clue calls it Denali. It's shocking how this is an issue for some in 2015. General Motors doesn't call their monster Suv "McKinley", it's "Denali", as that's much tougher than the older name "Suburban".
The word "Denali" is derived from Koyukon, one of the 11 Athabascan languages traditionally spoken in Alaska. In the Koyukon language, the word for the mountain is "Deenaalee," and at least five other Athabascan languages have similar names for the Alaska Range's highest peak (though these names are pronounced differently), said James Kari, professor emeritus of linguistics at University of Alaska Fairbanks and a specialist in Athabascan languages.
"Then you have 'Denali', which is the Anglicization of the Koyukon name," Kari told Live Science. The name translates to "the tall one," and is derived from the Koyukon verb that means, "to be long or tall," he added.
But the Denali name isn't just descriptive; it's also ancient. Like many of the original place names derived from Athabascan languages, derivatives of "Deenaalee" may have been used by native Alaskans as early as 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, Kari said. Variations of the name also appear on the earliest known maps of Alaska and were recorded (though often misspelled) by the first American geologists to explore the region, in the 19th century, he added.
The President basically told Ohio to get over it, they lost this one years ago. Which they have. Only stupid senators and congressmen from Ohio call it McKinley. Ohio has been stopping Alaska's renaming efforts for 40 years.
Note this article from last February:What's in a name? To Alaskans, plenty if it's Mt. McKinley
By Kyle Hopkins
LA Times Feb 4, 2015
"We are taking our stand," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who on Wednesday filed a bill to rename the mountain Denali once and for all.
"I'll just point out that there's a lot of things in Ohio that are already named after McKinley," Murkowski said in a phone interview. "This is no affront to our former president; this is all about ensuring that respect for the land and respect for the native people of the region is afforded."
Ohio, however, clearly expected this.
Two weeks ago, Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs, a fellow Republican, introduced a House bill aimed at retaining the McKinley name, saying the landmark is a testament to the former president's "countless years of service to our country."
The Gibbs bill would prevent the U.S. Board of Geographic Names from considering Alaska's attempts to change the mountain's name under a policy that says no landmark titles can be considered if related legislation is pending before Congress.
Ohio representatives file such a bill every two years to essentially stymie Alaska's efforts.
Here's the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on the subject:
Alaska Daily Dispatch 8/30/2015
“It's something (former Alaska Gov. Jay Hammond) pushed for back in 1975, and because of an effort to stop it in legislation that has not actually gone anywhere in the last 40 years, the Board of Geographic Names did not take it up,” Jewell said.
As interior secretary, she has authority to make a unilateral decision after a “reasonable time has passed,” Jewell said.
“And I think any of us would think that 40 years is an unreasonable amount of time. So we're delighted to make the name change now, and frankly I'm delighted that President Obama has encouraged the name change consistent with his trip,” Jewell said.
Jewell said the “overwhelming support for many years from the citizens of Alaska is more robust than anything that we have heard from the citizens of Ohio,” and that filing the same legislation year after year has not been accompanied by any “grass roots support” in Ohio.
Neither Jewell nor Obama is expected to visit Denali during their trip to Alaska this week.
“But I've certainly been to the park before, before I took this job,” Jewell said.
“I am a climber -- I have aspired to climb it, but I'm not sure it's going to be on my list in the future, due to the fact that I'm not getting younger each year. But it's a mountain that I've always respected and appreciated.
“I think most of us have always called it Denali. I know that's true in the climbing community and I suspect it has been true in Alaska for a very long time. So it'll just be great to formalize that with our friends at the U.S. Geological Survey and the Board of Geographic Names,” Jewell said.
Alaskan Senator Dan Sullivan (R) on the change:
“Denali belongs to Alaska and its citizens. The naming rights already went to ancestors of the Alaska Native people, like those of my wife’s family. For decades, Alaskans and members of our congressional delegation have been fighting for Denali to be recognized by the federal government by its true name. I’m gratified that the president respected this.”
My suggestion is that the Balsalms expansion in New Hampshire should seize this opportunity and rename some peak McKinley. Sure it's at least a 16,000 ft down grade, but it's a mountain. Maybe tourists from Ohio would go skiing there.Edited by Tog - 9/1/15 at 5:25pm