Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990
What is the Indian and Crafts Act?This is a truth-in-advertising law that provides criminal and civil penalties for marketing products as "Indian-made" when they are not.
Who is considered Indian? Under the Act, an Indian is defined as a member of any federal or state recognized Indian tribe, or an individual certified as an Indian artisan by an Indian tribe.
Who is and who is not Indian is an issue of great discussion within the community. Many Indians do not belong to federal or state recognized tribes.To add to this complex subject matter, some tribes are recognized by Canada, but not the United States.
Is everyone in this directory considered Indian by federal law?Native America OnTheWeb makes no claims as to the artists on this web directory having federal or state tribal recognition. We have included space for all artists to state if they are affiliated with a tribe or are a tribal member. Anyone who affiliates themselves with a tribe may advertise on Native America OnTheWeb HOWEVER they may not represent their art as "Indian-made" unless they are a member of a federally recognized tribe.
BOTTOM LINE: It is up to the buyer to investigate and know the status of any artist from whom they purchase.