Hello, I am Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior.
As an adopted member of the Assiniboine Sioux Tribe at the Fort Peck Reservation, life-long Montanan, and former U.S. Congressman, I know that some our country’s most skilled artisans are American Indians and Alaska Natives. I also appreciate the artistry of authentic Native American art and respect the culture, heritage, and traditions of our tribes.
Before you purchase American Indian or Alaska Native art or craftwork, please be sure that you are buying an authentic Native American-made product.
Under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, it is illegal to sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is produced by American Indians or Alaska Natives if it is not. A seller of authentic goods will gladly provide you with a written guarantee that the product is indeed work by a member of a federally recognized tribe or certified Indian artisan.
For information on sources of authentic Native American products and the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, please contact the Indian Arts and Crafts Board at 1-888-ART-FAKE.
Take home a treasure from Indian Country and please buy authentic Native American art and craftwork.
Thank you, from Wowonga Intacha
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recently highlighted the importance of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act by recording a public service announcement to promote authentic American Indian and Alaska Native (Indian) art and craft products from members of federally recognized Tribes.
The Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, was established by Congress in 1935. Its dual mission is to promote authentic Indian art and craftwork of members of federally recognized Tribes, as well as to implement and enforce the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, which makes it illegal to fraudulently market art and craftwork as Indian made when it is not made by an Indian as defined by the Act.
To learn more please visit the Indian Arts and Crafts Board's website (www.doi.gov/iacb) or call them toll free at 1-888-ART-FAKE.