Name change for North America’s highest peak

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US President Barak Obama has announced that the highest mountain in North America will change its name.

After decades of controversy, Mount McKinley, will changed back to its original native Alaskan name, Denali.

Denali translates as High One or Great One and is used widely by locals.

The 6,168m tall peak was named in 1896 in honour of William McKinley, who became the 25th president of the USA.

Obama is currently on a three-day visit to Alaska to highlight climate change.

Alaska has been attempting to change the name to Denali for decades. However, its attempts to change it at the highest level have been blocked by the US state of Ohio, William McKinley’s home state.


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