. As Congress mulls protections for Native artwork, Cherokee Nation criticizes inclusion of dubious state tribes « JO LEE MAGAZINE

AL.COM – A Senate committee is currently accepting public comments for the ARTIST Act, which builds from the Indian Arts and Crafts Act’s (IACA) prior efforts to prohibit the sale, marketing or promotion of fraudulent Indian Art. The ARTIST Act would strengthen enforcement in current federal law, expand protections for Indian-created products and include creative works by Native Hawaiians under these safety regulations for the very first time. Protections currently exist for American Indian and Alaska Native artisans. On Monday, the Cherokee Nation’s Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. called on Congress to strip “protection from members of so-called state tribes,” from the proposed ARTIST Act.

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