Source Directory Listing Requirements

Businesses in the Source Directory include American Indian and Alaska Native (Indian) artists and artisans, cooperatives, tribal arts and crafts enterprises, businesses privately owned and operated by artists, artisans, and designers who are enrolled members of federally recognized tribes who retail and/or wholesale authentic Indian art and craftwork.  

Also included in the Source Directory are several nonprofit organizations that work directly with Indian groups to develop art and craft products and markets.

  • The Indian owner of the business must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized Indian tribe
  • If the business is run by an organization, it must be formally organized under tribal, State, or federal law
  • If there is no shop location readily available to the public for direct sales, the business must be prepared to conduct mail order or online business
  • Most importantly, the majority of art and craft products offered for sale must be handmade by members of federally recognized tribes

The IACB provides services, including Source Directory listings, to enrolled members of  entities on the list published by the Bureau of Indian Affairs under the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994, 25 U.S.C. § 5130.  Consistent with other statutes defining this Department's responsibilities and obligations to Indian tribes, the Department interprets the first definition of Indian tribe in the Indian Arts and Crafts Act as those tribes listed on the tribal entities list published in the Federal Register. 

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