An Act To Ensure the Authenticity of Items Reported To Have Been Crafted by Native Americans
Sec. 1. 10 MRSA c. 228 is enacted to read:
SALE OF INDIAN ARTS AND CRAFTS PRODUCTS
§ 1500-G. Definitions
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
§ 1500-H. Sale of Indian arts and crafts products; inquiry; labels
§ 1500-I. Unlawful acts
A person may not:
§ 1500-J. Civil violation; injunctive relief; restitution; private right of action; damages
This bill is based on federal law pertaining to certification of products made by Indians. The bill requires any person that sells authentic Indian arts and crafts to display the name, trademark, if any, and tribe of the person who made the product. An inauthentic product must be clearly labeled as inauthentic Indian arts and crafts. A violation of the requirements is a civil violation for which a fine of not more than $5,000 for each violation may be adjudged.