Federal Judge Strikes Down Oklahoma Law About Marketing Of Native American Art

“U.S. District Judge Charles B. Goodwin ruled that the Oklahoma Indian Arts and Crafts Sales Act violates the U.S. Constitution because it is more restrictive than a federal law with the same purpose — protecting and promoting Indian artists. The Oklahoma law requires artists to be members of a federally recognized tribe if they are […]

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Art Institute Of Chicago Postpones Major Native American Show After Realizing It Didn’t Get Enough Native Input

“‘Worlds Within: Mimbres Pottery of the Ancient Southwest’ … was slated to open May 26 in Regenstein Gallery, the museum’s primary space for temporary exhibitions. But [director] James Rondeau … said that as the show approached it became increasingly clear that more work needed to be done to represent native voices in the project.” – […]

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Old Photos Of Enslaved African-Americans Should Belong To Their Descendants, Not Museums, Argues Lawsuit

Just as the law now requires that Native American remains and artifacts should be returned to today’s Native tribes, the descendants of a pair of slaves seen in historic daguerreotypes now owned by a Harvard museum claim that they’re the rightful owners of those slaves’ images, which are, says their lawsuit, “spoils of theft.” – […]

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