Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in the United States at 20,237-feet tall, was officially renamed by Congress in 1917 in honor of Republican President William McKinley.
Now President Barack Obama aka “the Troll-in-Chief” has decided to rename the mountain Denali, its native Alaskan name.
— US Dept of Interior (@Interior) August 30, 2015
Someone should inform the Department of the Interior that mountains can’t talk.
Obama gave the okay today, ahead of his 3-day swing through Alaska:
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has signed a “secretarial order” to officially change the name, the White House and Interior Department announced Sunday. The announcement comes roughly 24 hours before Obama touches down in Anchorage for a whirlwind tour of Alaska.
Denali is the Koyukon Athabascan name for the mountain.
Jewell’s authority stems from a 1947 federal law that allows her to make changes to geographic names through the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, according to the department.
The National Park Service stirred up interest earlier this year when they registered no objection to a name change in a congressional hearing.
“I think for people like myself that have known the mountain as Denali for years and certainly for Alaskans, it’s something that’s been a long time coming,” Jewell told Alaska Dispatch News Sunday.
Don’t worry…people on Twitter are saying in January 2017 it will be changed to Mt Trump.