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(a) The silver hand program is designed to identify authentic Alaska Native handicrafts.
(b) The official Native handicraft symbol is the silver hand seal. The seal must meet the requirements of AS 45.65.030 . The seal consists of a black oval containing a hand in silver and the words "Authentic Native Handicraft from Alaska." The seal is of the following design:
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(c) A permit to use the silver hand seal on the handicrafts the applicant produces will be issued to an Alaska Native who
(1) applies to the commissioner or a silver hand agent on a form approved by the department, unless the applicant was certified to be eligible by the silver hand agent;
(2) documents that the applicant is an Alaska Native with a blood quantum of one-fourth or greater; documentation proving eligibility includes
(A) a United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Certificate of Indian Blood;
(B) an official letter from a village or regional corporation established under 43 U.S.C. 1606 - 1607 (Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, sections 7 and 8); or
(C) an official letter from a village council or tribe in which the applicant is a member;
(3) certifies on the application that the applicant will affix the silver hand seal only on a handicraft that was or will be made
(A) entirely by the applicant;
(B) within this state; and
(C) in whole or of significant part of natural materials.
(d) A permit to use the silver hand seal is valid for two years from the date the permit is issued. The permit may be renewed by submitting a completed permit renewal application on a form approved by the department within 30 days of the end of the two-year period.
(e) The commissioner or a silver hand agent must approve or disapprove an application or renewal application to use silver hand seals within 30 days from the date of receipt of a completed application.
History: Eff. 10/1/93, Register 127
Authority: AS 44.33.020
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