Native American Art and Craft Organizations
We would like to provide information with you about some the Native American organizations that influence Native art and culture. There are 566 federally recognized Native American tribal nations in the United States, spanning millions of acres across the landscape. Many Native American organizations have been established to manage and govern all aspects of Native American communities. The following is a list of some of the more relevant organizations that help protect the authenticity of art and jewelry.
Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990
The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 is a United States federal law the governs the truth-in-advertising related to the sale of Native American jewelry. An individual or business cannot falsely represent an art/craft item as produced by a member of a Native American tribe. This Act covers all arts and crafts produced after 1935. Penalties can be harsh: fines up to $1,000,000 for a business, and up to a five year prison term for individuals. The law is enforced by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board.
The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 was put into law to stop the proliferation of fake Native art and foreign knockoffs that flooded the Native art market in the 1970’s – 1980’s. Imported reproductions were devaluing the entire market and forcing some authentic Native artists to turn away from their passion. Crooked dealers were happy to sell any item as “authentic Indian-made” with no fear of repercussions. With the force of federal law behind it, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board can and does prosecute offenders across the United States.
Turquoise Skies acts in full compliance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. Every single item we display is 100% authentic, crafted in the United States by a member of a federally recognized tribe. Many other online sites advertise “Indian-style” or “Native inspired,” but don’t be fooled. This is a work-around to sell foreign knockoffs without being prosecuted. Don’t fall for these tricks. Keep it Real!