The Council for Indigenous Arts and Culture is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization whose purpose is to foster, develop and contribute to the support and understanding of authentic Indian arts, crafts, customs, traditions and cultures.


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Avoiding Fakes?
These articles will encourage you to buy directly from native jewelers.

How Investigators Used Invisible Ink to Unmask the Largest-Ever Native American Art Fraud Conspiracy 


Biggest Fake Native American Art Conspiracy Revealed 


Sales of Indian Crafts Rise and So Do Fakes


Beware of Fake Chinese "Sterling Silver" 


New Mexico AG targets fake Native American jewelry


How Do You Know It's Authentic Native American Indian Jewelry?

10 Things to Remember to Avoid Buying Fake Native American Jewely


How to Tell Fake from Authentic Indian Silver Jewelry


State zeroes in on fake Native American goods


Native American Goods, Real or Fake? And, Is a Big Discount Really a Bargain?


Cheap Jewelry Imports Vex Artisans in Southwest 


Crackdown on Fake Indian Arts and Crafts




Know the law. The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-644) is a truth-in-advertising law that prohibits misrepresentation in marketing of Indian arts and crafts products within the United States. If you purchase an art or craft product represented to you as Indian-made, and you learn that it is not, first contact the dealer to request a refund. If the dealer does not respond to your request, you can also contact your local Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, and the local District Attorney's office, as you would with any consumer fraud complaint. Second, contact the Indian Arts and Crafts Board with your written complaint regarding violations of the Act.