Feds Charge 5 In Alaska With Violating Native Art Law

Law360, New York (March 4, 2016, 11:16 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday it had charged four Alaska business owners and an employee with falsely claiming that bone carvings they sold were made by Alaska Natives or Indians in violation of a federal law meant to protect Native-made art.

The DOJ said in a statement Thursday that it had charged Southeast Alaska business operators Vinod “Vinny” L. Sippy, Norma M. Carandang, Gabriel T. Karim and Rosemary V. Libert, along with Judy M. Gengler, Libert’s employee, for illegally misrepresenting that bone art carvings...
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