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H.R. 4069 - To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to clarify the treatment of authentic Alaska Native articles of handicraft containing nonedible migratory bird parts, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Don Young (R)
Introduced: 2017-10-12
Bill Status: Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 520.
 

This bill amends the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to provide that nothing in such Actprohibits possessing, selling, bartering, purchasing, shipping, and transporting any authentic Alaska Native handicraft, clothing, or art on the basis that it contains a nonedible migratory bird part, so long as the bird was not taken in a wasteful manner.

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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 4069


    To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to clarify the treatment of authentic Alaska Native articles of handicraft containing nonedible migratory bird parts, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 12, 2017

    Mr. Young of Alaska introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

    To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to clarify the treatment of authentic Alaska Native articles of handicraft containing nonedible migratory bird parts, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Purpose.

The purpose of this Act is to clarify the treatment of authentic Alaska Native articles of handicraft under—

(1) the Convention between the United States and Great Britain for the Protection of Migratory Birds, signed at Washington August 16, 1916 (USTS 628) (16 U.S.C. 703 et seq.);

(2) the Convention between the United States and Mexico for the Protection of Migratory Birds and Game Mammals, signed at Mexico City February 7, 1936 (USTS 912) (16 U.S.C. 703 et seq.);

(3) the Convention between the United States and Japan for the Protection of Migratory Birds and Birds in Danger of Extinction and Their Environment, signed at Tokyo March 4, 1974 (TIAS 7990) (16 U.S.C. 703 et seq.); and

(4) the Convention between the United States and the Soviet Union Concerning the Conservation of Migratory Birds and Their Environment, signed at Moscow November 19, 1976 (TIAS 9073) (16 U.S.C. 703 et seq.).

SEC. 2. Clarification for Alaska Native articles containing migratory bird parts.

(a) In general.—Section 2 of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(c) Clarification for authentic Alaska Native articles of handicraft.—

“(1) DEFINITIONS.—In this subsection:

“(A) ALASKA NATIVE.—The term ‘Alaska Native’ means a member of any Indian tribe (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304)) that is based in the State of Alaska.

“(B) AUTHENTIC ALASKA NATIVE ARTICLE OF HANDICRAFT.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—The term ‘authentic Alaska Native article of handicraft’ means any item that is—

“(I) composed, wholly or in a significant respect, of natural materials; and

“(II) produced, decorated, or fashioned by hand in significant part—

“(aa) by an Alaska Native;

“(bb) in the exercise of traditional Alaska Native handicrafts; and

“(cc) without the use of any mass copying device.

“(ii) INCLUSIONS.—The term ‘authentic Alaska Native article of handicraft’ includes—

“(I) any weaving, carving, stitching, sewing, lacing, beading, drawing, or painting that meets the criteria described in clause (i); and

“(II) any item, including clothing, described in subclause (I) that combines the techniques described in that subclause.

“(2) CLARIFICATION FOR CERTAIN AUTHENTIC ALASKA NATIVE ARTICLES OF HANDICRAFT.—Subject to paragraph (3) and notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, nothing in this Act prohibits the possession, offering for sale, sale, offering to barter, barter, offering to purchase, purchase, delivery for shipment, shipment, causing to be shipped or delivered for transportation, transport, causing to be transported, carrying, causing to be carried, or receiving for shipment, transportation, or carriage of any authentic Alaska Native article of handicraft on the basis that the authentic Alaska Native article of handicraft contains a nonedible migratory bird part.

“(3) LIMITATION.—This subsection does not apply to an authentic Alaska Native article of handicraft containing a part of a migratory bird that was taken in a wasteful manner.”.

(b) Technical amendment.—Section 2(a) of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703) is amended by inserting a comma after “March 4, 1972”.


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