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Native America OnTheWeb Directory.

We are a Native American art and business directory. It's important to buy art that was actually made by Native American artists. By doing so you support Native American people in their entrepreneur enterprises and you get authentic Native American art.

Don't assume that because someone doesn't look Native American, that they aren't. Many American Indians don't necessarily look Native American. Some have blond hair and fair skin.

Ask if you are unsure. Native Americans won't be offended. They understand that non-natives flooding the market with cheaply made imported goods, and passing them off as “Native American or American Indian designed,” hurt them and their ability to make a living selling authentic Native American made products. Non-Native Americans can't claim their artwork is authentic because of the 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.

BEWARE: Who is and who is not Indian is an issue of great discussion within the community. Many American Indians do not belong to a federal or state recognized tribe. To add to this complex subject matter, some tribes are recognized by Canada, but not the United States.

Is everyone in this Native American directory considered Indian by federal law? While Native America OnTheWeb makes every effort to list only Native American artists and businesses, we make no claims as to the artists on this web directory having federal or state tribal recognition. BOTTOM LINE: It is up to the buyer to investigate and know the status of any artist from whom they purchase.