While the beauty, quality, and collectability of authentic Indian arts and craftwork make each piece a unique reflection of our American heritage, it is important that buyers be aware that fraudulent Indian arts and crafts compete daily with authentic Indian arts and crafts in the nationwide marketplace. This consumer fraud not only harms the buyers, it also erodes the overall Indian arts and crafts market and the economic and cultural livelihood of Indian artists, craftspeople, and tribes. It is also against the law! It is a violation of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (Act).
Within the Scope of the Act
Please note that the Act applies to art and craft products being displayed or offered for sale, or sold, as American Indian, Indian, Alaska Native, Native American, or the product of a particular Indian tribe as defined by the Act.
Qualified Labeling of Indian Style Art and Craft Products
Indian style art and craft products made by non-Indians may be offered or displayed for sale, or sold, as “Native American style,” “Native American inspired,” or in a similar qualified manner intended to avoid consumer confusion.
Outside the Scope of the Act
While the IACB is aware of concerns about cultural appropriation, those specific issues fall outside the scope of the Act.
Non-art and craft products, such as literary works, films, audio recordings, mascots, educational workshops, industrial products (T-shirts, cook books, etc.), are also outside the scope of the Act.
**If you become aware of any market activity that you believe may be in potential violation of the Act, similar to or different from the following examples, please contact the Indian Arts and Crafts Board by submitting a violation report online (see below) or contact us via regular mail.
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