Trump on Denali Name Restoration: “I will change back!”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

Published September 2, 2015

NEW YORK— Donald Trump, Republican seeking his party’s nomination for president, has weighed in on the Obama administration’s restoring America’s highest peak to, Mt. Denali, its original Native name.

The announcement to restore Mt. Denali to its original Alaskan Native name came from the White House on Sunday, one day before President Obama left on his historic trip to Alaska where he becomes the first sitting president to visit the Alaskan arctic.

“President Obama wants to change the name of Mt. McKinley to Denali after more than 100 years. Great insult to Ohio. I will change back!” Trump, who has not shown himself to be Native-friendly in the past, tweeted on Monday.

Mt. Denali, as it has been known to the Koyukon Athabasan for centuries means the “high one” or the “great one.”

The mountain was named for President McKinley, an Ohioan, who was the 25th president of the United States. On Monday, the Ohio Congressional delegation proclaimed its ire at the Obama administration’s decision to restore Denali’s name.

The state of Alaska has tried to get the mountain restored to Denali from Mt. McKinley since 1975.

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