Businesses in the Source Directory include American Indian and Alaska Native artists and craftspeople, cooperatives, tribal arts and crafts enterprises, businesses privately owned and operated by artists, designers, and craftspeople, and businesses privately owned and operated by merchants who retail and/or wholesale authentic Indian and Alaska Native arts and crafts.
Also included in the Source Directory are several nonprofit organizations that work directly with Indian and Alaska Native groups to develop arts and crafts products and markets.
The Indian owner of the business must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized Indian tribe or Alaska Native group.
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 business.
Most importantly, the majority of products for sale must be handmade by Indian and Alaska Native artists and craftspeople.