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Re: Help us stop wannabees ripping of Indian artis

There already is a Federal Law covering such activities. It's the American Indian Arts & Crafts Act (AIAC) It states that if an article is marketed as "Indian" or a particular tribe/nation etc. That the artist be a registered member of a Federally (or state) reccognized tribe. I don't agree with the "state reccognized" part. But that's how it's written. As with many issues we don't really need new laws just the enforcement of laws already existing. Now the main problem is with enforcement. Dealers get away with it because there is little enforcement. They know the chance of being investigated or procecuted for a $24.95 ring or a $20.00 CD etc is very low. I just spoke with Chad on Sat. about this very issue. I told him that though I am not a Cit. (my own fault through procrastination in paper work. I am ellegable) I am a silversmith & though the law excludes me at this time. I whole heartedly support the AIAC & the Cherokee Nations pollicy on arts & crafts etc. I have seen what has happened in the So. West in the last few years in the jewelery field. Go to Gallup or any other large center in Az. or N.M. Most of the shops are owned by middle Eastern people & the jewelry is being made in places like India or Pakistan. most is not marked as being made outside the U S & by non-native artists. Which is required by law. So if you buy any jewelry thinking it to be Native made. Ask!!!! If they tell you it is native made but turns out to be foreign made. They just commited fraud & violation of AIAC. That's 2 Federal offences at once.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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