A new law in Oklahoma says only enrolled members of federally recognized tribes can label and sell their art as “Native made.” That means artists from tribes recognized only by states are out of luck. Those in support of the law—including several tribes—say it protects the integrity of Native art. But others—like Peggy Fontenot, an artist from a state-recognized tribe—say the law tramples on her rights. Do you think we need stricter arts and crafts laws? Is it fair for a state to determine who is Native or not?
Peggy Fontenot (enrolled in the Patawomeck tribe) – Native American artist
Caleb Trotter – Pacific Legal Foundation attorney
Kimberly Teehee (member of the Cherokee Nation) – Cherokee Nation government affairs director
Break music: Sisters (song) Tribe Called Red (artist) Nation II Nation (album)