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Video: 'Daily Show' tackles Mount McKinley name debate

  • Author: Laurel Andrews
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published July 5, 2015

"The Daily Show" traveled to Alaska to weigh in on the Mount McKinley name debate with a segment called "Living in Denali" that aired last week.

In the five-minute clip, "Daily Show" correspondent Jordan Klepper interviews Evon Peter, vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, before heading up the side of the mountain in an Era helicopter. Defending the Mount McKinley name is Kimberly Kenney, curator of the William McKinley Presidential Museum and Library in Ohio.

The highest mountain peak in North America was named after former Ohio Gov. William McKinley, who served as 25th president of the U.S. from 1897-1901. McKinley's namesake has been defended by Ohio officials, while Alaska's representatives have pushed to rename the mountain Denali, its Athabascan name which translates to "the Great One" or "the High One."

The clip aired July 2. Watch below: