As a Filipino man who is married to a Koyukon Athabascan woman, and with whom I have three “Filibascan” children, I have a deeper reason for wanting — no, needing — to have North America’s tallest peak renamed than just because our 25th president “never (even) set foot in our state,” as Senator Murkowski says.
Yes, it has to do with the fact that Athabascans have called it “Denali” for centuries, as Senator Murkowski also argues. But it goes even beyond that.
Yes, it’s related to the past, but it also deals with the present and the future.
Let me explain.