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Tue January 31, 2012
Otter Pelts Open for Possession
Wed. 2/01 11a: Legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Don Young (R-AK) aims to open the transport, possession, and sale of unaltered northern sea otter pelts to non-Native Alaskans.
The bill seeks to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.
What does this mean for Alaska Natives who rely on the pelts for their livelihoods?
Will the proposed new law drive up the price of pelts and force traditional Alaska Native artists out of the market?
Guests include Erik Elam, Legislative Director for Congressman Young and Christy Ruby (Southeast Alaska Indian) Alaska Native Artist.