Protesters: Caribou heart meant to send message to senator

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The man who owned a caribou heart that protesters wanted to give Sen. Dan Sullivan, compared Alaska's Junior U.S. Senator to a character in the Wizard of Oz.

    Samuel Johns said Sullivan reminded him of the Tin Man from “The Wizard of Oz,” and he wanted to give him a heart.

    Johns said his intended message was tied to Sullivan’s support for opening part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling.

    The refuge provides grounds for a caribou herd significant to the Indigenous Gwich’in.

    Sullivan's campaign manager said the campaign is proud of Sullivan’s record and said the actions taken by protesters at Saturday’s event were dangerous and unsafe.

    Police were reviewing the incident.

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