- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 41. Public Resources
- Chapter 35. Historic Preservation
- Section 20. Title to Historic, Prehistoric, and Archeological Resources; Local Display.
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AS 41.35.020. Title to Historic, Prehistoric, and Archeological Resources; Local Display.
- (a) The state reserves to itself title to all historic, prehistoric, and archeological resources situated on land owned or
controlled by the state, including tideland and submerged land, and reserves to itself the exclusive right of field
archeology on state-owned or controlled land. However, nothing in AS 41.35.010
- 41.35.240 diminishes the cultural rights and
responsibilities of persons of aboriginal descent or infringes upon their right of possession and use of those
resources that may be considered of historic, prehistoric, or archeological value.
- (b) Although title to historic, prehistoric, and archeological resources is in the state, local cultural groups may obtain
from the state, or retain, for study or display, artifacts and other items of these resources from their respective
cultures or areas if the commission created in AS 41.35.300
- (1) the group has a durable building with weatherproof and fireproof construction and humidity control and other factors
necessary to serve as a museum which will assure safe preservation of the items, (2) the item sought to be obtained is
not one for which there is an undue risk of damage during transportation, and (3) the item sought to be obtained or
retained is not one requiring special treatment or care beyond the ability or means of the group requesting it. A group
retaining such an item or obtaining one from the state shall house it in the museum building and shall make every
reasonable effort to assure its safe preservation. If the commission finds that a local cultural group is not properly
taking care of an item the group shall return it to the department.
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