The Obama administration’s decision to recognize the original name of Mount McKinley and officially refer to the mountain as Denali has Ohio politicians in a tizzy.
Since 1917, the federal government has referred to the mountain as McKinley, after Ohioan and 25th president William McKinley. The Alaskan government, however, restored the original name of Denali in 1975.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) took to Facebook to express his disappointment in the change.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the name change recognizes the native Alaskans in the area and the sacred meaning behind Denali, which is “the great one” in the Athabaskan language, according to The Hill.
Ohio representatives have blocked attempts by Alaskan delegates in the past to restore the name Denali.