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Daily Wire Tip: American Indian Jewelry Laws
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
What are the laws for selling Native American Style Jewelry? It is all handmade. I do a lot of Southwest Jewelry that looks similar to Navajo Style. I do sell to the public, and would like your opinion. I label my designs as Navajo Style, or Southwest Designs.
Definitely do not label or use the name of any American Indian tribe if you are not a registered member of that tribe! The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 clearly states that any type of misrepresentation will be in violation of this important law that is accompanied by heavy fines: https://www.iacb.doi.gov/act.html. It would be safer to use the term you suggested, ‘Southwest Style’ to describe your work. For further reading: Consumer Indian Arts and to simplify things: Chief Seattle Laws.
Note: Lacyblu has some wonderful insight in the comments below!
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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