In a release Wednesday, the Alaska State Council on the Arts says they are committed to protecting artistic expression of Alaska Native people through cultural practices.
Ivory crafts in Alaska could be hampered by other states’ bans on the material, some Native leaders and artisans say, potentially impacting local economies and tourism.
During citizens’ comments, Vera Metcalf wanted the Council to be aware of the EWC and many of its members’ resolutions for opposing the inclusion of walrus, mammoth, and mastodon ivory in the U.S. ivory ban laws.
Many of the animals were found headless, their tusks apparently harvested, and locals say some carcasses were found riddled with bullet holes.
In Tuesday’s news: Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell certifies a proposal to require legislative approval of large-scale mining activity in the Bristol Bay region; Gambell households receive…