Tuesday, September 1, 2015

President Obama Said by Executive Order He Would Change Name of Mt McKinley to Mt Denali

Will Dobbs-Allsopp, Morning Consult 
The park that bore McKinley’s name was changed in 1980 to Denali National Park. But the 20,237-foot peak kept McKinley’s name on official government maps and charts until Sunday, when the Obama administration announced it would take executive action to officially rename the mountain Denali. In doing so, the White House resolved a stalemate between the congressional delegations from Alaska and McKinley’s home state of Ohio that had lasted for decades.
Alaska’s representatives in Congress have by no means been placid bystanders. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced S. 319 in June, which would have renamed Mt. McKinley to Mt. Denali.
The administration’s announcement Sunday, which came ahead of a presidential tour of Alaska aimed in part at improving relations with the region’s native groups, drew sharp rebukes from the Ohio delegation and praise from Alaska.
“There is a reason President McKinley’s name has served atop the highest peak in North America for more than 100 years, and that is because it is a testament to his great legacy,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a statement Sunday evening. “I’m deeply disappointed in this decision.”
“The naming of the mountain has been a topic of discussion in Congress for many years. This decision by the administration is yet another example of the President going around Congress,” echoed Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). “I now urge the administration to work with me to find alternative ways to preserve McKinley’s legacy somewhere else in the national park that once bore his name.”
Portman’s Republican colleague Murkowski, however, had a different take. “For centuries, Alaskans have known this majestic mountain as the ‘Great One.’ Today we are honored to be able to officially recognize the mountain as Denali,” she said in a video posted to her Facebook page. “I’d like to thank the president for working with us to achieve this significant change to show honor, respect, and gratitude to the Athabascan people of Alaska.

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