Alaskans vow pushback if Trump targets mountain’s new name
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Donald Trump’s many promises on his way to the White House included a tweeted vow to change the new name of North America’s tallest mountain back to Mount McKinley.
Last year, the Obama administration renamed the Alaska peak Denali in a symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives ahead of the president’s visit to the state.
Alaskans long have informally called the mountain Denali — “the great one” in Athabascan.
But the federal government recognized the name invoking the 25th president, William McKinley, who was born in Ohio and assassinated early in his second term.
In his tweet, Trump called the name switch a “great insult to Ohio.”
It’s unclear at this early stage if Trump will take action. The federal board that oversees place names says changing the name would require a presidential executive order or an act of Congress.