National Park Service supports Mount McKinley name change

The National Park Service is not against changing Mount McKinley’s official name to Denali, but Alaskans are still in a battle with Ohioans over the name of North America’s tallest mountain.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports a director with the park service, Victor Knox, weighed in on the issue at a Senate hearing Wednesday. Knox said the National Park Service doesn’t object to Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s bill that calls for the mountain’s name to be changed to Denali.

Alaskans have filed several bills since 1975 to change the name and Ohioans have continued to block the effort.

The mountain is named after former president William McKinley, who was from Canton, Ohio.

It is still unclear whether Murkowski will be able to get the legislation through the Senate.