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Buying Authentic Indian Art

Prior to 1990, there was widespread fraud in the sale of Indian artwork. In response to this problem, Congress passed the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. Violators of this truth-in-advertising law can be fined up to $250,000 ($1,000,000 for businesses) and face prison terms of up to 5 years.

To protect yourself when buying Indian artwork, ask questions. A legitimate Native American artist (or dealer) will tell you which tribe he or she is a member of. If attending an art show, check the event requirements regarding the authenticity of products being sold. Most legitimate shows will require the artist to present a copy of their tribal registration card with their application for admittance to the show. On Rock Art Creation's website, we will indicate any shows that do not have these requirements in place.

The Indian Arts and Crafts Act is administered by the Department of Interior's Indian Arts Board. For more information, or to file a complaint, visit their website at www.doi.gov/iacb/act.html.

Desert Little Bear is registered with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe as Desert Little Bear Gonzales.


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