Little-Known Statute Can Create Staggering Liability

Law360, New York (September 25, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Many sellers of American Indian styled gifts and crafts throughout the United States may be unknowingly violating federal law and subjecting themselves to criminal or civil prosecution every day.

The Indian Arts and Crafts Act (IACA), a federal statute rarely enforced until recently, prohibits anyone from marketing goods in a manner that falsely suggests they are Indian produced, Indian products, or the products of an Indian tribe or of an Indian arts and crafts organization.

Sellers of American Indian themed goods may be prosecuted for violating...
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