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Denali — Mount McKinley — makes an appearance as a raven rides a light breeze Monday afternoon at Point Woronzof, in Anchorage.

Murkowski again proposes renaming Mount McKinley

Posted: January 29, 2013 - 11:06am

Alaska's senior senator has once again introduced legislation to rename Mount McKinley as Denali.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says Denali might not be the name that people in the Midwest recognize. But she says it has long been the name in Alaska, the state where North America's highest peak is located.

Denali is an Athabascan word meaning "the high one."

Debate over a name change goes back decades. Murkowski introduced a version of her bill during the last Congress, where it died. She said Tuesday that she expects some opposition from those who have only known the mountain as Mount McKinley.

Indeed, a spokesman for Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan says Ryan has already introduced legislation to preserve the name Mount McKinley. Ohio is the birthplace of President William McKinley.

 

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