NM Sen. Wants To Put More Teeth In Fake Indian Art Law

Law360, New York (July 10, 2017, 6:20 PM EDT) -- The vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs testified along with government officials and tribal leaders in New Mexico on Friday about the shortcomings of federal efforts to stamp out fake Native American art and promised to author legislation to strengthen the main federal law protecting genuine Native works.

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., led a field hearing in Santa Fe on ways to update the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, with testimony at the session indicating that government is devoting insufficient resources to reining in counterfeit Indian art even though as much as 80 percent of jewelry marketed...

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