Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke supports Obama-era 'Denali' name change

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Alaska continues to play host to the Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, as the last leg of the secretary's nearly week-long arctic trip.

When asked about the decision to change the name of Alaska's highest peak, Zinke said "it's settled."

The secretary is scheduled to visit Denali National Park on Monday. The peak was formerly named Mount McKinley, after President William McKinley.

President Barack Obama's administration renamed the mountain Denali in 2015. At the time, this was a symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives. Denali roughly translated to "the great one."

When asked about the name change, Zinke said, "I asked our Senators, I asked Don Young, I asked our Governor, I asked elected officials, you know what's your opinion as well as we should, so I think on this matter, it's settled."

During the campaign last year, Donald Trump, who was a presidential candidate at the time, said he would change Denali's name back to Mount McKinley.

President Trump has not yet renewed the charge of changing back the mountain's name after he became president.

After touring Denali National Park, Zinke is scheduled to visit Anchorage on Tuesday.

Once in Anchorage, the secretary is expected to meet with Alaska native veterans, the Alaska Federation of Natives, and with Department of Interior employees.

On Wednesday he will comment on the state's role in resource development at the Alaska Oil and Gas Associations annual conference before hiking the Arctic Valley Nike site summit.