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Murkowski introduces bill to rename McKinley

Posted: January 29, 2013 - 11:28pm

JUNEAU — Alaska’s senior senator has once again introduced legislation to rename Mount McKinley, Denali.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski said in an interview Tuesday that Denali might not be the name that people in the Midwest recognize “but it has long been the name in really the place that matters, which is the state that this incredible mountain sits.”

“I have nothing against President McKinley whatsoever, but I would rather have this peak be called by the name it has gone by for centuries by Alaskans than a man who never set foot in our state,” Murkowski said in a release. “This is the tallest mountain in North America and we deserve to have this Alaskan landmark bear an Alaskan name.”

Ohio is the birthplace of President William McKinley, and for years, members of that state’s congressional delegation have filed measures or included language in bills to retain the name Mount McKinley. One such bill was introduced last week by Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who said in a release Tuesday that the name must be retained “in order to honor the legacy of this great American President and patriot.”

Debate over a name change goes back decades. According to a National Park Service history, McKinley was the name bestowed on the peak by William Dickey in 1896, and it stuck because of his “‘discovery’ account” in a newspaper in 1897. Alaska Natives, Russians and American visitors had offered names of their own for the mountain over the years.

The name Denali is an Athabascan, or Alaska Native tribe, word meaning “the high one.” Mount McKinley is located in Denali National Park and Preserve.

Murkowski, R-Alaska, introduced a version of her bill during the last Congress, and said she heard from people all over Alaska, thanking her for the effort. “This is important to Alaska and quite honestly, it’s important to the Native people, it’s important to all indigenous people that we respect and honor the names and traditions,” she said in an interview.

She said she expects some opposition from those who have only known the mountain as Mount McKinley but said that opposition might be softening.

One of the most vocal opponents of a name change was Ohio U.S. Rep. Ralph Regula, who fought the idea through measures or language included in bills until his retirement in January 2009.

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radiokenai
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radiokenai 01/31/13 - 08:26 am
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DENALI?
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That is what I call it! Make it happen!

Now Lisa, lets get back to addressing Feinsteins Gun Control Ban that is in the works!

Time to Stand and Deliver! Time to make a Stand like our Honorable Don Young has done!

Join the NRA Today!

spwright
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spwright 01/31/13 - 09:48 am
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Denali of course

Now here's the Question ?
Will the residents of the State of Alaska have any in-put to these decisions ? SPW

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 01/31/13 - 10:13 am
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More of the same!!!

At least we know what to expect from the 113th congress. The exact same thing as the 112th.
The 112th had a little over 1,000 votes and passed nearly nothing of any social or economic impact. But we named several Federal buildings and landmarks. Meaningless legislation!
More polarization with little true "meat" as a result will more than likely be the result of the current congress. Spending time on such things when there are greater challenges in front of us is crazy! It's like deciding what color you are going to paint your house before the bank comes to foreclose on it.
With congress spending time on fluff like this, it's my guess we'll have no budget and more temporary fixes to push the problems out just a little further just as we've been doing for 15 years.

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Raoulduke 01/31/13 - 01:33 pm
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wasting

The time,and tax money spent on the debate to change a name of a mountain. Pales in comparison to say, More non-seasonal JOBS.Why isn't The Senator fighting to get a road from Fairbanks to Nome.Now! That would impress me. The commerce possibilities could be great.Which would benefit all Alaska .Trucking versus Air.I believe.People would rather over the road pricing than Air freight.

cbeard
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cbeard 01/31/13 - 03:23 pm
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Somebody Help

This article has been going around for a while and there is one thing that bothers me. Will somebody please inform this author and the AP that "Athabaskan" is not a tribe, it's not even a single culture. It's a group of cultures. Saying something is in the "Athabaskan" language doesn't make any sense because there are thousands of Athabaskan languages and dialects.

It's like saying we speak "European" because we speak American English. It makes no sense at all.

The language the word Denali originates from is called Dena'ina, the same name of the Southcentral/Cook Inlet's indigenous culture, which is a part of the group of Athabaskan cultures that extend from the interior of Alaska down through Canada, the Northwest Plateau, and in parts of the Southwest and northern Mexico. There are at least 10 individual tribes that speak Dena'ina traditionally.

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 01/31/13 - 04:44 pm
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Koyukon:

Koyukon is an Athabaskan language spoken along the Koyukuk and middle Yukon River in western interior Alaska.
Denali is the Koyukon Athabaskan word meaning "The High One."
Although this word has meaning to Alaskan's, it seems far less relevant or at least less important than the meaning of sequestration. This is the true issue congress should be addressing first and foremost! The last time we failed to do so cost us dearly in terms of our credit rating.

JOAT
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JOAT 01/31/13 - 08:49 pm
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Don't lose sight of the origin of this debate

Folks need to back off Lisa on this one. Don't lose sight of the fact that it was a Democrat from Ohio who entered a bill to keep McKinley's name stenciled on Mt. Denali. She is doing her job by responding to this continued measures by Ohio to exert control over land in Alaska.

Though I wonder where Begich is...

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 01/31/13 - 10:24 pm
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JOAT

Your point is taken. However, who cares about the name of a mountain when much bigger issues loom in the next few months ahead? Ohio isn't "controlling" anything. They're trying to keep a name on a mountain of one of their states sons. Really, does it matter that much? Does it matter more than the country as a whole? Is this a juncture in which we should be wasting time on essentially meaningless legislation.
And no, we don't need to "back off Lisa" or any of our other legislatures. We've done that in the past and we can see where that has gotten us!!! NOW is the time to hold their feet to the fire! This congress has much more to do in the next 47 months than to name mountains, bridges, buildings and highways. But Lisa appreciates your support!

JOAT
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JOAT 02/01/13 - 03:18 am
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Could be said about so many things

Yes, who cares about 30 round magazines, the banning of which will do nothing but ruin the hobby of millions of American citizens, when we have so much more important work to do. Namely, blocking and obstructing any and every bad idea that the Democrats put forth.

Why waste time on making a budget when we can just cancel the limit on the credit card and keep racking up massive Debt. In the time it took you to read that one sentence, Obama spent all the money that the average American "middle-class" taxpayer has been forced to turn over to the government since he took office. And the spending, err, as he calls it, "investing" just continues unchecked.

Our side has once again pushed forth a plan on immigration reforms. Do you think Obama is really going to act on it this time? We've only been trying to solve this particular problem since 1981 with constant blockage by Democrats. And yet the Democrats lie to the people and lay claims that it is us Republicans who are the problem? Give me a break.

BTW, I'll support Lisa 100% all the way up to her next election cycle, because she won and represents us. That doesn't mean I don't let her (and the other 2) know exactly what my positions are on each issue of importance. In fact, I think I'll jet off a note to her and Begich to bolster support for any attempt they can make to block the Ohio mountain claims.

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 02/01/13 - 03:56 pm
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At least we agree.

See JOAT? There are many more other things that are far more important than a name on a map. I knew we would agree sooner or later!

BigRedDog
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BigRedDog 02/04/13 - 07:56 am
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Lashing Lisa

Nobody is lashing or beating up on Lisa or her Dem counterpart Mark Begish. That's the problem, these two and every other so-called worker bee in Washington are not getting the job DONE! It's pretty obvious a carrot just won't work anymore. We should reward this behavior? That is what we are doing bye accepting this kind of trash legislation as getting her done! What kind of reaction is appropriate from 2 full blown US Senators when they must know their National economy is circling the drain? Would you be making sure the corner post of your little picket fence is the color you like when the whole house is on FIRE!
The two of you better get it together, dust of whatever differences you have manufactured as BS and political rederick and step up to this challenge. We have two US Senators like every other State, they don't work for the Federal government they were sent from Alaska to represent our States best interest. Not shy away from anything that would challenge National control over Alaska affairs. What we need to hear from our representation is not some party pandering radio gaga trash. We need concrete steps leading to realistic goals for our State and National economy.
Any policy that is even mentioned that exploits National control over what should be our land and resources should be met with defiance. With our Senatorial deligation shoulder to shoulder pulling hard with that harness snapping and poping tight. I really want to see some sweat, you know get all worked up in a trought like you are used to work and like it. Alaska's needs should be the only load you worry about and you were sent there to pull it not to try and LOOK good other worker bees in your party. So far all I can say is if I was your boss you can consider this a letter in your file!
It's time put Alaska's needs in the forfront of your working load and not have it as a project to fill your schedule when not pandering to the political machines you both are SO part of. This type of legislation is not getting her done!

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