Trading Post Times
Volume 14, Issue 4
SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST:
Tanner Jensen Demonstrates!
November 16, 6-9pm
River Trading Post, Scottsdale
Pueblo Seasonal Dances.
Please contact Pueblos for
dates and times.
R i v e r T r a d i n g P o s t
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Vintage Chimayo Purses 2
American Indian College
Fund and River Trading
Artist Tanner Jenson
Joins RTP Family
Great Gift Ideas
New Mexico senator Tom Udall (right) aims to put new teeth into the Indian Arts
and Crafts Act of 1990 in order to shut down businesses that pass off imported goods
as authentic American Indian art.
Oversite and enforcement of the current Indian Arts and Crafts Act is up to the Indi-
an Arts and Crafts Bureau, which has a paltry budget of just over $1.3 million per
year with just 45 employees.
Meridith Stanton (left) heads up the Indian Arts and Crafts Bureau (IACB)
which is part of the Department of Interior. She has guided a number of major
busts that have resulted in the shut down and prosecution of many large
purveyors of fake American Indian art that was being passed off as Native
American made, but was actually imported from overseas.
Meridith and the IACB work closely with the FBI, Fish and Wildlife, and other federal agencies
to investigate, arrest and prosecute violators of the law. They also work closely with internet auc-
tion sites where there are many unknowing buyers. Many sellers don’t even know what they are
selling, having purchased these items under false pretenses from importers.
Currently, federal prosecutors in New Mexico are preparing for two trials in an ambitious investi-
gation that traced falsified Native American art from manufacturers in the Philippines to galleries
across the United States. Officials said they seized imported jewelry with a declared value of $11
million which would have fetched at least twice that price through retail sales.
In February, U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez (right) announced the
indictment of three New Mexicans charged with conspiring to import
and fraudulently sell Filipino-made items as Native American-made
jewelry. At left is Chairman of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board Har-
vey Pratt. (Photo: Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal) This
case has yet to come to trial due to several postponements.
Consumers can protect themselves from being victims of the fake imports by buying from a repu-
table source. Always check to see if your source is a member of either the Indian Arts and Crafts
Association (IACA) or the Antique Tribal Dealers Association (ATADA.)