SANTA FE (KRQE) – The City of Santa Fe and the arts community came together Tuesday to support efforts to protect authentic Indian art.
Native Americans and their artwork have fallen victim to forgery and counterfeiting in the past. In October, federal agents raided shops in Santa Fe after an investigation revealed they were passing off Filipino-made jewelry as Native American jewelry.
On Tuesday, the mayor proposed legislation that will help combat the issue.
“We are going to require all individuals who sell Native American art to disclose the name of the artist, the origin of where the art comes from, and the materials that are being used,” said Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales.
The legislation would also create a cultural district around downtown Santa Fe that would follow historic guidelines. The legislation, if passed, would be one of a kind.