Often when a place is "renamed," it gets a brand new moniker, but in the case of Denali, it was a return to an old name--a more literal re-naming. To the Athabascan people, the mountain has been known as Denali, meaning "The Great One," for thousands of years. It was only Mount McKinley for a brief time, named for William McKinley in 1896 when he was just the Republican nominee for President. McKinley was from Ohio, not Alaska, and never even visited the then-territory. Alaskans have pushed for the restoration of the name Denali for decades.