Mount McKinley gets Squaw Peaked

Obama purges American history to conform to political correctness

Although it’s being configured as restoring the original native Alaskan name, Obama’s politically motivated name change of Mount McKinley to Denali has taken a questionable route all too familiar to Arizonans.

As the story goes, North America’s tallest mountain got its officially recognized name in 1896, when a prospector, William Dickey, was exploring in central Alaska. When he heard the news that William McKinley, a Republican and Spanish-American war hero, had received his party’s presidential nomination, Dickey named the mountain in his honor. The name was formally recognized in 1917. It should be noted that numerous native peoples of the area had their own names for the massive peak.

In unilaterally switching the name, Obama is effectively thumbing his nose at McKinley, the 25th president, who was born in Ohio and assassinated early in his second term. Ohioans have long pointed with pride at the towering Alaskan mountain named for their native son. Ohio’s congressional delegation, both Republicans and Democrats, have reacted angrily, calling Obama’s actions “deeply disappointing” as well as an “insulting political stunt.“ 

Squaw Peak, a popular hiking site and focal point of central Phoenix, received similar treatment in 2003, when New York-born Democrat Gov. Janet Napolitano determined the word “Squaw” was derogatory.  Using ham-handed tactics not previously seen, she ramrodded  through the name change to Piestewa Peak, honoring Army Pfc. Lori Piestewa — a Hopi tribal member killed in the Iraq War. Napolitano waived the five-year waiting period required for posthumous naming to effect the change and her henchman bullied the chairman of the state geographic names board.

Napolitano later abandoned the governorship to join the Obama regime as the ineffectual chieftain of Homeland Security, noted for her blasé retort when frustrated Arizonans pleaded for actual border security: “Show me a 50-foot fence, and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder.”

Political correctness is a hallmark of the left. Common sense?  Not so much.


9 Responses to Mount McKinley gets Squaw Peaked

  1. Maggie says:

    Democrats have no problem with historical revisionism. Besides recklessly spending other people’s money and opening the floodgates to the Third World to ensure a permanent Dem voting bloc, it’s one of the few things they excel at.

    • Ernest Mc Collum says:

      You are aware of the fact that Squaw means Vagina or P— so would you call it Vagina Peak. I did not agree with it at the time now I understand and I really don’t have a problem with that. I would like to get the name of little Squaw Creek changed to honor the code talkers. You know the Dems are winning so does it hurt to honor native Americans.

      • Clementine says:

        That allegation is liberal speculation. But even if true, what’s the problem? Vaginas are where life begins. You guys have penal institutions all across the country named for your anatomical parts, and I’ve never heard a single complaint. Get over it. As to honoring ‘native Americans,” surely it hasn’t escaped your notice that all of their lands are “sacred” until they want to build a casino on the formerly holy acreage.

        (PS: With my Western European ancestry, I consider myself a Native American since I was born in the USA.)

  2. Braveheart says:

    The only time I’ve heard Squaw Peak referred to as Piestewa is during traffic reports on the radio. I still hike Squaw Peak with my buddies and not a single one of us (Democrats and Republicans) have ever called it anything other than Squaw Peak. Many of the businesses in the area have retained the name Squaw Peak.

    The name change here in Arizona was simply a political maneuver to garner tribal votes for Napolitano. She and Obama use the same playbook.

  3. Ellsworth says:

    Obama’s Alaskan trip is focusing on native issues and climate change, which he has referred to as the “greatest threat” —- apparently forgetting about the savage Islamic jihadists, which he called the Jay Vee Team.

  4. lowadobian says:

    Minor note – Napolitano though born in NYC is not a New Yorker. She was raised in Pittsburgh PA & New Mexico and followed her liberal academic parentage. Ditto for carpetbagger Hillary. She likes to be from New York, too. Agreed, with the content of your report thoroughly. Let’s rename Obama while we’re at it.

  5. Conservative Since Birth says:

    “Denali” is the Kenyan word for “Black Power.”

  6. Sgt. Preston says:

    Squaw Peak would have no relevance to Napolitano, since it’s impossible to tell if she’s actually a woman either listening to her or by looking at her.