Published October 25, 2017
ANCHORAGE – While speaking before the general assembly at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention this past weekend, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan disclosued President Donald Trump in March of this year inquired about his and Senator Lisa Murkowski’s opinions on whether or not to change of Denali, the nation’s tallest mountain, back to Mt. McKinley, which was given its Native name in 2015 by former President Barack Obama.
Taken from the indigenous Athabascan language. Denali is the name Alaska Natives prefer for the mountain.
Trump seemingly bent on reversing everything his predecessor did while in office thought he would throw in the reverting back to Mt. McKinley. While campaigning for the presidency, Trump let it be known that he did not like the name change from Mt. McKinley to Denali.
The two senators were meeting with Trump in March to discuss several administration measures that limited development–in the name of saving the environment–in Alaska.
According to Sullivan, Trump had a final issue on his mind towards the end of their meeting. “He looked at me and said, ‘I heard that the big mountain in Alaska also had — also its name was changed by executive action. Do you want us to reverse that?'” Sullivan said.
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