Supporters of a Harney Peak name change are using the recent renaming of Mt. McKinley as a precedent, Rapid City Journal reports. The request to rename Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in North America, was originally placed in 1975. On August 30, 2015, President Obama finally announced the name change as official, and the new name for the peak became Denali, which means "high" or "tall" in the Koyukon language.
It is unknown whether the renaming of the Alaskan peak will have any effect on a potential name change in South Dakota. Alaskan government considers the Alaska Board of Geographic Names vote as legally binding at the state level, whereas South Dakota considers the vote as a recommendation, and requires final consideration by the national board.
Jennifer Runyon, a senior researcher for the national board, states that she does not believe the board will agree to change Harney Peak's name due to how recently the request was placed.
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