"The Alaskan Federation of Natives, Sealaska Heritage Institute, and the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council all support this legislative fix," a markup memo on H.R.4069 reads. The Alaskan Federation of Natives is largest organization of its kind in the state. Despite attention to the issue, Native artists in Alaska still encounter obstacles when marketing their goods. In February, Inupiat artist Marcu Gho saw items containing sea otter fur removed from the popular website Etsy.com. After Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) criticized Etsy, the site re-listed the items, which are permissible to sell under federal law. "Your company’s actions – due to your well-meaning, but frankly misguided policies and terms of service – are having unintended consequences that are harming Alaska Natives and their communities in my state,” Sullivan wrote in a letter to the site.
Sullivan is sponsoring S.1941, a companion version to Young's legislation. He also has introduced S.1965, the Allowing Alaska IVORY Act, which prevents states from trying to restrict the sale of Native goods that are already allowed under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Wednesday's markup on H.R.4069 takes place at 10:15am Eastern. It will be webcast by the House Committee on Natural Resources. House Committee on Natural Resources Notice:
Full Committee Markup (April 18, 2018) Federal Register Notice:
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