Native Artists Fear Proposed Changes to Indian Arts and Crafts Act

14 September 2023, USA

Federal commissioners and Congress members are seeking to update the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (IACA), a law that aims to protect the work of Native artists and artisans by establishing standards for craft authenticity and by imposing criminal penalties for counterfeit Native American goods, a persistent and growing issue for Native artists whose livelihoods depend on their practices. However, some Native American tribal members are concerned that the proposed revisions are overly broad and may unravel important existing protections.