Former U.S. Senator and jewelry maker Ben Nighthorse-Campbell added his voice to a Senate hearing in New Mexico about ways to prevent counterfeit Indian arts and crafts.
Efforts are being made to prevent the sale of counterfeit tribal art and jewelry. This was the focus of testimony as two U.S. senators held a field hearing in New Mexico about protecting legitimate American Indian artists and markets from fraudulent goods.
Nighthorse commented on how disputes about who qualifies as an Indian artist can complicate law enforcement efforts. He observed that the enforcement of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act has grown more complex since the 1990s. Read the full story here.