Vendors are by invitation only. Our vendors comply with the American Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, which calls for American Indian crafts to be made by tribally recognized American Indians.
American Indian Arts and Crafts Act
The American Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 states that "it is unlawful to offer or display for sale any good . . . in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian, or Indian tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization, resident within the United States." It means that a trader must be able to prove that any item that is offered for sale as American Indian made was indeed made by someone who is a member of an Indian tribe. By definition in The American Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, "Indian tribe" means
"any Indian tribe, band, nation, Alaska Native village, or other organized group or community which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States because of their status as Indians."
It also includes any Indian group that has been formally recognized by a state legislature or by similar organization legislatively vested with state tribal recognition authority.
As defined in the law, Indian artists and crafts persons need a tribal enrollment document, or a letter from a tribe stating that the artist is recognized by that tribe, in order to claim that items they make are Indian made. Anyone who is selling items that were made by others needs to be able to prove that the items were Indian made, if they are being offered for sale as Indian items. If a trader is selling items that are not Indian made, as defined in the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, the trader must clearly indicate that, so that buyers do not purchase items thinking that they are Indian made when in fact they are not. The law provides very serious penalties for infringement.
The law calls for a fine of not more than $250,000 or imprisonment for not more than five years, or both, for the first intentional infraction. Subsequent violations involve fines of not more than $3,000,000 and imprisonment of not more than fifteen years.