North America’s tallest peak is getting a new name as the Obama administration resolves a decades-long dispute between Alaska and Ohio.
President Obama will announce Monday that his administration is officially redesignating Alaska’s Mt. McKinley as Denali, the original name for the 20,237-foot-high mountain given by the area’s Alaskan native population.
The announcement will come as the president begins a three-day visit to Alaska focused on the issue of climate change, one of Obama’s chief policy focuses as he enters his final year and a half in office.
“This name change recognizes the sacred status of Denali to many Alaska natives,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement, noting that the mountain had been known as Denali for generations.