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SHI Urges Thoughtful Pause on Proposed Amendments

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Testimony heard in last of a nationwide series of consultations with Indigenous people, per SHI article published 8/18/23.

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) and the Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) are urging the federal government to hold off on implementing proposed amendments to the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (IACA), a truth-in-advertising law that prohibits misrepresentation in the marketing of Indian art and craft products within the United States.

At a hearing today in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a panel from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior heard testimony from Indigenous people, including Tlingit artist Crystal Worl, who testified on behalf of IAIA in Santa Fe and SHI, where she serves on the institute’s Native Artist Committee representing IAIA.

Read more of this article about the complex issues revolving around the IACA and the proposed amendments, at