On August 30, 2015, President Obama announced that he was renaming the nation’s highest peak, Mount McKinley, in honor of its original Athabascan name of Denali. He justified the name change as a step toward improving federal relations with native tribes, particularly in the areas of fish and wildlife management.
Republican Senator Rob Portman said in a series of tweets: “President McKinley was a proud Ohioan, and the mountain was named after him, as a way to remember his rich legacy after his assassination. The naming of the mountain has been a topic of discussion in Congress for many years. This decision by the Administration is yet another example of the President going around Congress.”