Native American Crafts

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The Indian Arts and Crafts Act is a truth-in-advertising law that prohibits misrepresentation in the marketing of Native American or American Indian arts and crafts products within the United States.

If you are listing items that are inspired by Native American or American Indian craft, be sure to label those items truthfully and accurately. It is illegal to list or sell any item in a manner that falsely suggests it is Native American or American Indian produced or the product of a particular tribe or arts and crafts organization within the United States.

Here is more information directly from the Indian Arts and Crafts Board:

When consumers unwittingly purchase art or craftwork misrepresented as a Native American product, the integrity and vitality of the authentic Native American art and craft market is seriously eroded.

Congress passed the Indian Arts and Crafts Act in 1990. The Act is a truth-in-marketing law designed to prevent the marketing of art and craft products as Indian made when they are not, in fact, made by Indians as defined by the Act. The Act is designed to help protect this vital indigenous heritage from unfair competition.

The Act does not prohibit non-Indians from creating Indian-style or Indian-inspired art or craft items. The Act does, however, require that products sold as Indian, Native American, or the product of a particular Indian Tribe be made by an enrolled member of a federally or officially State recognized Tribe, or a certified non-member Indian artisan by the Tribe of their direct descent.

For more information on the Act, visit this website or call the Indian Arts and Crafts Board at 202-208-3773 or toll free 888-278-3253.

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