"This designation recognises the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives," the White House said on eve of Obama's travel to Alaska where he would formally announce his decision in this regard.
In 1896, a prospector emerged from exploring the mountains of central Alaska and received news that William McKinley had been nominated as a candidate for President of the United States. In a show of support, the prospector declared the tallest peak of the Alaska Range as 'Mt McKinley' — and the name stuck.
McKinley became the 25th President of the United States, and was tragically assassinated just six months into his second term.

"Today, finalising a process initiated by the State of Alaska in 1975, President Obama is announcing that the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell used her authority to rename the mountain as 'Denali'," the White House said.


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