Interior Secretary Zinke  Promotes Authentic Native American Art and Craftwork

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

Published April 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recently recorded a public service announcement highlighting the importance of purchasing authentic American Indian and Alaska Native art and craftwork in accordance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act,https://www.doi.gov/iacb/472017-secretary-zinke-promotes-indian-artists. Secretary Zinke is an adopted member of the Assiniboine Sioux Tribe of the Fort Peck Reservation.

“I know that some of our country’s most skilled artisans are American Indians and Alaska Natives. Under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, it is illegal to sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is produced by American Indians or Alaska Natives. Take home a treasure from Indian Country and please buy authentic Native American art and craftwork,” states Secretary Zinke.

Harvey Pratt, Chairman of the Interior Department’s Indian Arts and Crafts Board and master Cheyenne-Arapaho artist, welcomes and applauds Secretary Zinke’s public service announcement. “The Indian Arts and Crafts Act is intended to protect Native American artists and artisans who rely heavily on the production and sale of traditional and contemporary art and craftwork to provide their economic livelihood, preserve their rich heritage, and pass along their unique culture from generation to generation”, explains Chairman Pratt.

The Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, promotes the production, sale, and protection of authentic Native American art and craftwork through its three museums and exhibition programs, on-line Source Directory of authentic Native American art businesses, intellectual property rights protection and consumer education activities, and active enforcement of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.

To learn more, please visit the Indian Arts and Crafts Board’s website (www.doi.gov/iacb) or call them toll free at 1-888-ART-FAKE.

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