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Proposed Information Collection to Identify Tribal Non-Member Indian Artisan Certification Programs

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AGENCY:

Indian Arts and Crafts Board, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice and request for comments.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB) is announcing its intention to request approval for the collection of information from those federally recognized Indian tribes that have established a non-member Indian artisan certification program as described in Pub. L. 101-644. This request for information from the tribes has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The information collection request describes the nature of the information collection and the expected burden and cost.

DATES:

OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the information collections but may respond after 30 days. Therefore, public comments should be submitted to OMB by June 14, 2002, in order to be assured of consideration.

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ADDRESSES:

Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Department of the Interior Desk Officer, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503. Also, please send a copy of your comments to Meridith Z. Stanton, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW., MS-4004 MIB, Washington, DC 20240 or electronically by e-mail to iacb@os.doi.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Requests for additional information or copies of the proposed information collection instruments should be directed to Meridith Z. Stanton, Director, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, 1849 C Street, NW., MS 4004 MIB, Washington, DC 20240. You may also call (202) 208-3773 (not a toll free call), or send your request by e-mail to iacb@os.doi.gov, or by facsimile to (202) 208-5196.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

The Indian Arts and Crafts Board (Board) is the agency responsible for the enforcement of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, Pub. L. 101-644. The Act is a truth-in-advertising law that prohibits the offer or display for sale, or sale of any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian tribe. Under the law, an “Indian” is defined as “any individual who is a member of an Indian tribe, or for the purposes of this section is certified as an Indian artisan by an Indian tribe.” It is voluntary for a tribe to establish a certification program in accordance with 25 CFR part 309.

As the agency responsible for the enforcement of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, it is necessary for the Board to know which federally recognized tribes have established a non-member artist certification program in accordance with the Act. This information is important for the effective enforcement of the Act because it will enable the Board to quickly verify whether or not a particular Federally recognized tribe has a certification program under the Act, and to make a preliminary determination as to whether an individual is making a truthful claim regarding his or her certification by a particular Federally recognized tribe.

Finally, this information will enable the Board to answer general inquiries from the public regarding tribal non-member certification programs.

II. Method of Collection

In order to identify those federally recognized Indian tribes that have established a non-member Indian artisan certification program as set forth in Public Law 101-644, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board is mailing a response form and a self-addressed stamped envelope to federally recognized Indian tribes requesting that they (1) identify whether or not they have established a non-member artist certification program and, (2) if the tribe has established such a program, whether or not the tribe is willing to mail or fax to the Board a copy of the tribal statutory language establishing the certification program, and (3) whether the federally recognized tribe authorizes the Board to distribute its tribal language upon request by other tribes in search of a model for establishing their certification program. Submission of the information and authorization is strictly voluntary on behalf of the tribe.

Information collectedReason for collection
Name of organization, address, telephone number, and name of contactTo identify the federally recognized Indian tribe responding and to obtain a method and name of contact.
Whether or not the tribe has established a non-member artist certification programTo identify those federally recognized Indian tribes that have established a non-member artist certification program.
Whether or not the tribe is willing to send to the Board by mail or fax its non-member artist certification program languageTo identify those federally recognized tribes that are willing to submit to the Board a copy of the tribal language establishing a non-member artist certification program.
Whether or not the tribe authorizes the Board to use its non-member artist certification program language as a model for other tribesTo obtain the federally recognized tribe's authorization to use the tribal language establishing a non-member artist certification program as a model for other tribes.

III. Proposed Use of the Information

The information collected will be used by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board to determine which federally recognized Indian tribes have established a non-member Indian artisan certification program as contemplated by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. This will enable the Indian Arts and Crafts Board to provide accurate responses to inquires from artisans and members of the public seeking this information.

IACB has submitted a request to OMB to approve the collection of information for the Non-member Artist Certification Response form. IACB is requesting a 3-year term of approval for the information collection activity.

An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget control number. As required under 5 CFR 1320.8(d), a Federal Register notice soliciting comments on the collection of information was published on August 2, 2001 (66 FR 40292). No comments were received. This notice provides the public with an additional 30 days in which to comment on the following information collection activity:

(1) Title: Non-member Indian Artisan Certification Program Form.

OMB Control Number: 1085-xxxx.

Type of Review: New Collection.

Affected Entities: Federally recognized Tribal Governments.

Number of Respondents: 580.

Frequency of Collection: One time data gathering.

(2) Total annual reporting and record keeping burden.

Total Reporting Per Respondent: 10 minutes.

Total Annual Burden Hours: 97 hours.

(3) Description of the need for the information and proposed use of the information: The Board is requesting the foregoing information from Federally recognized Indian tribes in order to identify those federally recognized tribes that have established a program for certifying non-member Indian artisans as described in Public Law 101-644 and 25 CFR part 309.

The Department of the Interior invites comments on:

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(c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information, to search data sources, to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information.

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Dated: December 21, 2002.

Meridith Z. Stanton,

Director, Indian Arts and Crafts Board.

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[FR Doc. 02-12164 Filed 5-14-02; 8:45 am]

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