Profiles with the Native American Artist designation are for artists whose credentials have been approved according to the U.S. Department of the Interior Indian Arts & Crafts Act. 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. It is illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian Tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization, resident within the United States. For a first time violation of the Act, an individual can face civil or criminal penalties up to a $250,000 fine or a 5-year prison term, or both. If a business violates the Act, it can face civil penalties or can be prosecuted and fined up to $1,000,000.
Under the Act, an Indian is defined as a member of any federally or officially State recognized Indian Tribe, or an individual certified as an Indian artisan by an Indian Tribe. Tribal status in CreativeGround uses these same parameters: Federally or State Recognized means that they are an enrolled member of an officially recognized tribe; Non-enrolled means that while they might not have an official tribal identification number, they have been certified by an official Indian Tribe as an Indian artisan. For more information about certification as an Indian artisan, see Section 309.25 of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act Regulations.