- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is holding a field hearing this week focused on state laws that prohibit ivory sales.

In a statement, Sullivan’s office says some of the bans extend to walrus and mammoth ivory used by Alaska Native artists. The release states that the hearing will focus on how the effects on Alaskans could be limited.

Sullivan plans to hold the Senate subcommittee field hearing Thursday afternoon at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks.

Those scheduled to testify include Rosita Worl of Sealaska Heritage Inc.; Tara Sweeney with Arctic Slope Regional Corp.; artist and writer Susie Silook; and Margaret Williams of the World Wildlife Fund.

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