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The Indian Arts and Crafts Board, an agency located in the U.S. Department of the Interior, was created by Congress to promote the economic development of federally recognized American Indians and Alaska Natives through the expansion of the Indian arts and crafts market. A top priority of the IACB is the implementation and enforcement of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, a truth-in-advertising law that provides criminal and civil penalties for marketing products as "Indian-made" when such products are not made by Indians, as defined by the Act. The IACB's other activities include providing professional business advice, information on the Act and related marketing issues, fundraising assistance, and promotional opportunities to Native American artists, craftspeople, and cultural organizations of federally recognized Tribes. The IACB operates three regional museums, the Sioux Indian Museum, the Museum of the Plains Indian, and the Southern Plains Indian Museum. The IACB also produces a consumer directory of approximately 400 Native American owned and operated arts and crafts businesses. These activities are not duplicated in either the federal or private sector. The Indian Arts and Crafts Board is the only federal agency that is consistently and exclusively concerned with the economic benefits and cultural development of federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Natives. The IACB's policies are determined by five commissioners who are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, and serve without compensation. The IACB's activities and programs are carried out by a professional, experienced staff.

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Native POP: People of the Plains is seeking artists for its annual marketplace (July 9-10, 2021). The application deadli...
03/19/2021
Application — Native POP: People of the Plains

Native POP: People of the Plains is seeking artists for its annual marketplace (July 9-10, 2021). The application deadline is April 1.

For more details, please visit the webpage below.

http://nativepop.org/application

2020 Application for Native artists, makers and creators for the Eighth Annual Native POP: People of the Plains Native art market and cultural celebration in the heart of downtown Rapid City, South Dakota. 

Red Earth is proud to announce a call for Emerging Artist Award applications for the 2021 Red Earth Festival scheduled J...
03/18/2021
Emerging Artist Award - Red Earth Art Center

Red Earth is proud to announce a call for Emerging Artist Award applications for the 2021 Red Earth Festival scheduled June 11-13 in Oklahoma City. Application deadline is April 10.

For more details, please visit the webpage below.

https://www.redearth.org/emerging-artist-award/

Red Earth is proud to announce a call for Emerging Artist Award applications for the 2020 Red Earth Festival scheduled June 13-14 in Oklahoma City. The annual award grants funding to emerging Native American artists to participate in Oklahoma City's Red Earth Festival.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board would like to share this beautiful work entitl...
03/16/2021

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board would like to share this beautiful work entitled “Song of the Woman Warrior” (2020) by Deborah Magee (Blackfeet). This mixed media portrait of activist Elouise Pepion Cobell (Blackfeet) is from the permanent collection of the IACB’s Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning, Montana.

Ms. Cobell (“Yellow Bird Woman”) helped establish the Blackfeet National Bank, received a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” in 1997, and posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. Ms. Cobell, however, is best known as a tireless advocate for Indian Trust Fund reform through her lawsuit, Cobell v. Salazar, which resulted in the $1.9 billion Trust Land Consolidation Fund. Notable outcomes from the Fund included the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations and the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund.

Ms. Magee learned traditional methods of quillwork under the tutelage of a mentor who also gave her the traditional rights to create quillwork. “My ancestors used what they had on hand and made art that meshed with their lifestyle,” she says. “Today, I try to take what is important to my Native culture to create a piece of work that has meaning and beauty.”

The Smithsonian American Art Museum recently acquired hand-made face masks by Native American women artists Vicki Sobole...
03/15/2021
Yellow Cedar Face Mask

The Smithsonian American Art Museum recently acquired hand-made face masks by Native American women artists Vicki Soboleff (Haida), Marlana Thompson (Mohawk), and Katrina Mitten (Miami). Each mask uses elements from the natural world including cedar, sweetgrass, and seeds.

For more details, please visit the webpages below.

https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/yellow-cedar-face-mask-117561

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums are closed temporarily. All public programs are online only, on-site public tours and events are currently suspended. We are not announcing a reopening date at this time and will provide updates on our websites and social media.

The Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute is now accepting applications from high school artists in grades 10-12. The Applicat...
03/10/2021
OHSAI | USD

The Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute is now accepting applications from high school artists in grades 10-12. The Application deadline is April 1, 2021.

For more information and application details, please visit the website below.

https://www.usd.edu/fine-arts/art/ohsai

The Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute is open to high school students with a demonstrated interest in the visual arts and American Indian culture.

Donald F. Montileaux, Oglala Sioux, Ledger Art, "Parading Their Captured Horses," ©2020
03/10/2021

Donald F. Montileaux, Oglala Sioux, Ledger Art, "Parading Their Captured Horses," ©2020

03/10/2021
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On March 25, 2:30-4pm Pacific/5:30-7pm Eastern, the U.S. Commercial Service and its partners are hosting a free webinar "International Market Research & Growing Your Global Brand: Webinar for Rural & Native American Firms."

Topics include:

What are some free/low-cost ways to research international markets for your products or services? How can businesses grow a global brand on a budget?

Join us on March 25 to learn best practices in international market research, using a variety of publicly available sources; pick up tips on how to maximize social media to grow your global brand; and, hear from small business peers who have successfully used these techniques to grow global sales. Please visit the registration link below and flyer below for more details.

https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=1QFX

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board honors the accomplishments of American Ind...
03/08/2021

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board honors the accomplishments of American Indian and Alaska Native women artists.

Hillary Kempenich (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa), “(A Time to) Pause and Reflect,” 2018, acrylic on canvas.

On Friday, March 5, 2021, tune in to Native America Calling for the program "Pieces of Tradition: Native American Quilts...
03/02/2021
Friday, March 5, 2021 – Pieces of tradition: Native American quilts » Native America Calling

On Friday, March 5, 2021, tune in to Native America Calling for the program "Pieces of Tradition: Native American Quilts."

https://nativeamericacalling.com/friday-march-5-2021-pieces-of-tradition-native-american-quilts/

Sewing was an important tradition for Native Americans long before it became a popular pandemic pastime. Many tribes, especially the Seminoles and those from the Great Plains, took up quilting around the turn of the 20th Century. The intricate patterns in Native quilts reflect tribal heritage and th...

The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Virtual Marketplace is just around the corner (March 6-7, 2021). For more informati...
02/19/2021
Information For All Artists

The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Virtual Marketplace is just around the corner (March 6-7, 2021). For more information, please visit the webpage below.

http://www.heardguild.org/artists/#APP

Artists may also enter one of their three pieces (one of their 2 pieces for Classification III and Youth) into the Open Standards Classification XI. A link to the Open Standards Application Form is below. Artists must explain on the Open Standards Form why the artwork does not meet one or more of th...

The Charlotte Jensen Native Arts Market is just around the corner March 3-7, 2021.For more information, please visit the...
02/12/2021
Charlotte Jensen Native Arts Market

The Charlotte Jensen Native Arts Market is just around the corner March 3-7, 2021.

For more information, please visit the webpage below.

http://www.furrondy.net/events/the-charlotte-jensen-native-arts-market

Charlotte Jensen Native Arts Market March 3 - 7, 2021 Times vary, detail below Free to attend Dimond Center Sponsored by the Dimond Center Print Map It Emporium of Alaska Native art Featuring more than 150 Alaska Native artisans selling and demonstrating their art – basket weaving, dolls, beading,...

The George Mason University School of Art Visual Voices Colloquium series presents Wendy Red Star TONIGHT @7:30pm EST! T...
02/11/2021
Calendar

The George Mason University School of Art Visual Voices Colloquium series presents Wendy Red Star TONIGHT @7:30pm EST! To register for this FREE virtual event, please visit the webpage below.

https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/visual-voices-wendy-red-star

Through the lens of Afro-Colombian dance and drumming, and shared digitally in a high-quality video recording, The City of Others explores racism and social disparity in Colombia, a country home to Latin America’s second largest population of people of African d... Read more

The Minnesota Historical Society is now accepting applications towards its Native American Undergraduate Museum Fellowsh...
02/11/2021
Native American Undergraduate Museum Fellowship

The Minnesota Historical Society is now accepting applications towards its Native American Undergraduate Museum Fellowship program. The priority application deadline is March 26 and all application materials must be submitted or postmarked no later than April 5, 2021.

For more information, please visit the webpage below.

https://www.mnhs.org/internships/fellows/native-american

Topics Covered | Important Dates | Eligibility | Requirements | Application Process | Selection Process Due to Covid-19, the NAUMF program in summer 2021 will be a virtual model with a chance of an in-person internship experience at the end of the fellowship.

"SPIRO AND THE ART OF THE MISSISSIPIAN WORLD" opens tomorrow at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The exhib...
02/11/2021
SPIRO | Spiro Exhibition

"SPIRO AND THE ART OF THE MISSISSIPIAN WORLD" opens tomorrow at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The exhibition runs through May 9, 2021.

For more information, visit the exhibition website below.

https://spiromounds.com/

The Spiro people, and their Mississippian peers, are nearly forgotten in the pages of North American history, yet they created one of the most exceptional societies in all of the Americas.

"All at Once: The Gift of Navajo Weaving" is open through September 26, 2021 at the Heard Museum. For more details, plea...
02/10/2021
All at Once: The Gift of Navajo Weaving | Heard Museum

"All at Once: The Gift of Navajo Weaving" is open through September 26, 2021 at the Heard Museum. For more details, please visit the webpage below.

https://heard.org/exhibits/all-at-once-the-gift-of-navajo-weaving/

All at Once: The Gift of Navajo Weaving showcases 46 exquisite textiles from contemporary Navajo weavers. All at Once has been made possible by the generous donation of longtime Heard Museum members and supporters, Mark and Julie Dalrymple. These textiles, plus dozens more, now reside in the Heard M...

Applications for the Oglala Lakota College OÁYE Virtual Rezidency are due February 26. For more details, please visit th...
02/08/2021
Oglala Lakota College OÁYE Virtual Rezidency | First American Art Magazine

Applications for the Oglala Lakota College OÁYE Virtual Rezidency are due February 26. For more details, please visit the webpage below.

https://firstamericanartmagazine.com/oaye_rezidency/

The Oglala Lakota Arts Continuum is offering the OÁYE - Rezidency is a decentralized artist-in-residence program at Oglala Lakota College, open to Master Artists and Cultural Bearers living near the Pine Ridge Reservation.

In support of President Biden’s "Buy American" plan, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board encourages consumers to Buy Americ...
01/29/2021

In support of President Biden’s "Buy American" plan, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board encourages consumers to Buy American Indian and Alaska Native (Indian) art and craftwork – Authentic American treasures from Indian Country. This week the IACB will feature consumer tips and outstanding examples of Indian art and craftwork from its collections.

Marcus Amerman (Choctaw), Kiowa Chief Twohatchet (1986), Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Oklahoma (A.84.10.1)

Friday’s Tip: When purchasing Indian art and craftwork from a dealer, choose one with a good reputation.

In support of President Biden’s "Buy American" plan, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board encourages consumers to Buy Americ...
01/28/2021

In support of President Biden’s "Buy American" plan, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board encourages consumers to Buy American Indian and Alaska Native (Indian) art and craftwork – Authentic American treasures from Indian Country. This week the IACB will feature consumer tips and outstanding examples of Indian art and craftwork from its collections.

Edwin Noongwook (St. Lawrence Island Yupik), Woman Dancer (2019), Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Oklahoma (A.2020.01.01)

Thursday’s Tip: Realize that authentic handmade Indian art and craftwork may be expensive. If a price seems too good to be true, be sure to ask more questions about the item and its maker.

In support of President Biden’s "Buy American" plan, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board encourages consumers to Buy Americ...
01/27/2021

In support of President Biden’s "Buy American" plan, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board encourages consumers to Buy American Indian and Alaska Native (Indian) art and craftwork – Authentic American treasures from Indian Country. This week the IACB will feature consumer tips and outstanding examples of Indian art and craftwork from its collections.

Art Batala (Hopi), Buckle (2020), Sioux Indian Museum, Rapid City, South Dakota (R.2021.01.01)

Wednesday’s Tip: Familiarize yourself with different materials and types of Indian art and craftwork, as well as the indicators of a well-made, handcrafted piece.

In support of President Biden’s "Buy American" plan, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board encourages consumers to Buy Americ...
01/26/2021

In support of President Biden’s "Buy American" plan, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board encourages consumers to Buy American Indian and Alaska Native (Indian) art and craftwork – Authentic American treasures from Indian Country. This week the IACB will feature consumer tips and outstanding examples of Indian art and craftwork from its collections.

Artist: Jereldine Redcorn (Caddo/Potawatomi), Caddo Head Jar (1998), Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Oklahoma (A.98.2)

Tuesday’s Tip: Get a receipt that includes all the vital information about your purchase, including price, maker, and maker's tribal affiliation.

In support of President Biden’s "Buy American" plan, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board encourages consumers to Buy Americ...
01/25/2021

In support of President Biden’s "Buy American" plan, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board encourages consumers to Buy American Indian and Alaska Native (Indian) art and craftwork – Authentic American treasures from Indian Country. This week the IACB will feature consumer tips and outstanding examples of Indian art and craftwork from its collections.

Artist: James (Mike) Watkins (Delaware), Lenape Ball War Club (1995), Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Oklahoma (A.95.6).

Buying Tip: When making a purchase of Indian art and craftwork request a written guarantee or written verification of authenticity.

The long-anticipated retrospective of Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw), painter, printmaker, and mixed-media artist, is ...
01/22/2021
The Moving Land: Art by Linda Lomahaftewa | First American Art Magazine

The long-anticipated retrospective of Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw), painter, printmaker, and mixed-media artist, is scheduled to open at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts on Thursday, January 28, 2021. For more details, please visit the webpage below.

https://firstamericanartmagazine.com/moving-land-lomahaftewa/

Linda Lomahaftewa's long-anticipated retrospective art exhibition will open at the IAIA Museum of Contemoprary Native Arts on January 28, 2021.

MARKING TIME, an exhibition by Heidi Brandow (Diné/Kanaka Mãoli) and Luzene Hill (Eastern Band of Cherokee) will run thr...
01/22/2021
Ucross Foundation - Current Exhibition

MARKING TIME, an exhibition by Heidi Brandow (Diné/Kanaka Mãoli) and Luzene Hill (Eastern Band of Cherokee) will run through March 26, 2021 at the Ucross Art Gallery. For more details, including the exhibition brochure, please visit the webpage below.

https://www.ucrossfoundation.org/current-exhibition.html

Explore the current exhibition on view at the Ucross Art Gallery, supported in part by the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature.

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The Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB), U.S. Department of the Interior, was created by Congress to promote the economic development of federally recognized* American Indians and Alaska Natives (Indians) through the expansion of the Indian arts and crafts market. A top priority of the IACB is the implementation and enforcement of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (Act), a truth-in-advertising law that provides criminal and civil penalties for marketing products as "Indian-made" when such products are not made by Indians, as defined by the Act. The IACB's other activities include providing professional business advice, information on the Act and related marketing issues, fundraising assistance, and promotional opportunities to Indian artists, craftspeople, and cultural organizations of federally recognized tribes. The IACB operates three regional museums in the Plains Region, the Sioux Indian Museum, the Museum of the Plains Indian, and the Southern Plains Indian Museum. The IACB also produces a consumer directory of approximately 400 federally recognized Indian owned and operated arts and crafts businesses. These activities are not duplicated in either the federal or private sector. The IACB is the only federal agency that is consistently and exclusively concerned with the economic benefits and cultural development of federally recognized Indians. The IACB's policies are determined by Commissioners who are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, and serve without compensation. The IACB's activities and programs are carried out by a professional and experienced staff.

* The IACB provides services, including Source Directory listings, to enrolled members of "any Indian tribe, band, nation, or Alaska Native village, or other organized group or community which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians" (25 U.S.C. § 305e(d)(3)(A)). The Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994, 25 U.S.C. §§ 479a(2), 479a-1, requires the Secretary of the Interior to publish a list of all Indian or Alaska Native tribes, bands, nations, pueblos, villages or communities "recognize[d] to be eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians." Consistent with other statutes defining this Department's responsibilities and obligations to Indian tribes, the Department interprets the first definition of Indian tribe in the Indian Arts and Crafts Act as those tribes listed on the tribal entities list published in the Federal Register.


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