Thursday, February 24, 2005

 

You can't get much clearer

This applies, I would assume, to the litho in question on eBay, since the description of the item says quite clearly "The item up for auction now is a very striking and impressive serigraph/lithograph by renowned American author and artist, Ward Churchill (Keetoowah Band Cherokee)."

The Native American Arts & Crafts Act of 1990

In advertising goods or merchandise, it is against the law to state or even to imply that craft items are "Native American made" unless the craftsperson is a member of a tribe that has state or federal recognition.

For details read the U.S. Code on this subject,
18 USC, Section 1159 (1993) Failure to comply can result in a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years. That is for a single violation, subsequent violations carry even larger penalties.


Further reading on this law can be found here and here

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