For more than 30 years, the Indian Arts and Crafts Act has been an important tool for protecting the authenticity and economic value of work produced by Native Americans. It also helps buyers know they’re getting what they pay for. Now the U.S Department of Interior is reviewing the law and among the outstanding questions is whether it goes far enough. Should artwork from state-recognized tribal artists be excluded as authentic? How should artwork from Native Hawaiians be identified?
Chuck Hoskin Jr. (Cherokee Nation), Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation
Dr. Sylvia Hussey (Native Hawaiian), chief executive officer for Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA)
Rachel Cushman (member of the Chinook Indian Nation), tribal secretary and treasurer for the Chinook Indian Nation
Dr. Joe Candillo (Pascua Yaqui), owner of Authentic Native America Arts
Break 1 music: Intertribal (song) Sweetgrass (artist) Follow the Trial (album)
Break 2 music: Women’s Honoring Song (song) Red Hawk Medicine Drum (artist) New Beginnings (album)