African-Native American Research Forum Archive
Re: Fake Indian Tribes
In Response To: Re: Fake Indian Tribes ()
Beware of Websites trying to sell something especially Tribal Certificates. They will tell you that the certificates are "suitable for framing" but they certify NOTHING except that you paid money for the certificate. Does the seller tell you about how the item was acquired or created? Does the seller try to make you feel that you are buying into the "mysterious powers" of American Indians if you buy the product?
It is illegal to sell items claiming to be made by American Indian people unless it is true to sell human remains or artifacts associated with Native burials and to sell items obtained through illegal means (e.g. theft or fraud). Unfortunately all this happens all the time in relation to Native peoples.
[16 Sep 1999]