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“The notion from your department that you must protect Alaska from Alaska Natives, our first people — it’s insulting,” said Mrs. Murkowski. “And that’s the way that Alaskans feel. We feel insulted that we cannot care for the land and the animals and the birds and still provide for a safe, reliable access.”

She gave a nod to the late Sen. Ted Stevens, Alaska Republican. “When Ted was really agitated and really going to let nothing stand in his way, he would wear his [Incredible] Hulk tie,” said Ms. Murkowski. “Today, I have a Hulk scarf on. And I don’t typically engage in much drama.”