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Buy Native logo by Victor Pascual

The Buy Native logo, by Victor Pascual, is a symbol to remind us to support Native owned businesses online and off.  Please be sure to buy authentic Native art so that we all support Native American artists and our communities.  

From Beyond Buckskin's website, owner,  Dr. Jessica Metcalfe says: "I created this list years ago to promote Native-owned businesses on the web. Each year, customers spend over a trillion dollars on e-commerce sales. By launching online businesses, Native people are able to access markets that reach beyond the confines of reservations or geographical borders and connect with customers throughout the world.

However, many non-Native businesses and individuals falsely suggest that their products are Native-made in an attempt to garner more sales. This is illegal. If you come across a non-Native business that states that their products are Native American or if they use Native names in product titles (for example, if they sell an "Apache Poncho," "Navajo Purse," or "Native American Earrings," etc.) please report them to the Indian Arts and Crafts Board at this link. Furthermore, the Navajo Nation has trademarked their name, so any unauthorized use of the word 'Navajo' is in violation of trademark law.

We have all encountered these unethical businesses, and we need to report each one of them. These brands are taking valuable business away from actual Native American artists and small businesses. Please join us in creating a network of people who support Native American creativity, history, and legacy, as well as much-needed economic development in Indian Country."

Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990

 The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-644) is a truth-in-advertising law that prohibits misrepresentation in marketing of Indian arts and crafts products within the United States. It is illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell any art or craft product 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. For a first time violation of the Act, an individual can face civil or criminal penalties up to a $250,000 fine or a 5-year prison term, or both. If a business violates the Act, it can face civil penalties or can be prosecuted and fined up to $1,000,000.

Link to Report a Violation: https://www.doi.gov/iacb/should-i-report-potential-violation

 


IACB Source Directory

Here is the link for the Source Directory that lists by state - authentic sources for Native Arts and Crafts:  https://www.doi.gov/iacb/source-directory

As part of its program to promote American Indian and Alaska Native arts and crafts, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board produces the Source Directory of American Indian and Alaska Native Owned and Operated Arts and Crafts Businesses. There are approximately 400 businesses listed in the Source Directory. These businesses include American Indian or Alaska Native arts and crafts cooperatives and Tribal arts and crafts enterprises; businesses and galleries privately owned and operated by individuals, designers, craftspeople, and artists who are enrolled members of federally recognized Tribes; and a few nonprofit organizations, managed by enrolled members of federally recognized Tribes, that develop and market arts and crafts products 

The Last Shade Tree - A Novel by Margaret Panofsky

Art from the cover of the book, The Last Shade Tree

 Sequoyah Morgan Hummingbird is different, living on the edge of reality where sharing thoughts is as natural as breathing. But he hates everything about himself—his name, his lost childhood in a Cherokee residential school, his tongue-tied shyness. Even worse, the Moon People, an octogenarian pair orbiting high above the earth, force him to comply with their ruthless repopulation scheme—because they alone have seen WW III destroy humankind. By age twenty Sequoyah hits rock bottom. He pulls through, helped by friends and strangers drawn to the poetry and goodness within him. Stumbling as often as they succeed, Sequoyah and his new clan make love, babies, and history as they jump across continents and millennia. 

Available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Last-Shade-Tree-Margaret-Panofsky/dp/0998071781?SubscriptionId=AKIAIOCEBIGP6NUBL47A&tag=&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0998071781