Are there regulations for selling Native American items?
Shop owners need to be aware that the
Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (
P.L. 101-644) prohibits misrepresentation in the marketing of Indian arts and crafts products within the United States. A first time violation of the Act, can incur individual civil or criminal penalties, including up to a $250,000 fine or a 5-year prison term, or both.
The law covers all Indian and Indian-style traditional and contemporary arts and crafts produced since 1935 and applies to the marketing of these items by any person in the United States. Traditional crafts that are copied by non-Indians include jewelry, pottery, baskets, and woven textiles.
If you offer or want to offer 'Native American' items for sale you should consider the information available at this URL:
Briefly, if an item was not made by a member of an Indian tribe or a tribal certified Indian artisan, it cannot be identified as being a Native American made object. An item should not be identified as being specifically 'Hopi' or 'Navajo', etc., if it is not in fact truthfully known to have been made by a member of the tribe specified.
It is important for shop owners to take the time to fully understand this law and to comply with it by accurately representing these types of items.
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