IACA Journal, Fall 2014 - page 13

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The Indian Arts and Crafts Board was created
to provide marketing support for legitimate trib-
al products while preventing fakes from entering
the market; however, it was largely ineffective
at that time. By the 70s and 80s, hundreds of
millions of dollars were estimated to be lost to
Native artisans as the result of the influx of
fraudulent products.
The Founders of
the Indian Arts and
Crafts Association
Founded in 1974, and filed for corporate
status on January 29, 1975, the Indian
Arts and Crafts incorporation papers
state that “the term for which this cor-
poration shall exist shall be one hundred
(100) years.”
The incorporators were:
• Mr. John D. Kennedy
• Ms. Bertha Dutton (Museum of
Navajo Ceremonial Art)
• Mr. James Cody
• Mr. Bill Ganong
• Mr. Martin Link (Navajo
Tribal Museum)
• Mrs. Joseph Lonewolf
• Mr. Terrell Piechowski (Zuni
Craftsman Association)
The first IACA Board of Directors
included 21 people. Seven for a one year
term, seven for two years, and seven for
three years.
Those pioneers included:
• Mr. John D. Kennedy
• Ms. Bertha Dutton (Museum of
Navajo Ceremonial Art)
• Mr. James Cody
• Mr. Bill Ganong
• Mr. Martin Link (Navajo Tribal
Museum)
• Mrs. Joseph Lonewolf
• Mr. Terrell Piechowski (Zuni
Craftsman Association)
• Mr. Fred Kaboties (Hopi
Silvercraft Guild)
• Mr. Don Woodard
• Mr. Bob Sluder
• Mr. Mike Hoeck
• Mr. John Burdon
• Mr. Mark Bahti
• Mr. Al Packard
• Mrs. Beth Clark
• Mr. Rod Savageau
• Mr. Roger Tsabetsaye
• Mr. Cliff McGee
• Mr. Tom Woodard
• Mr. Tom Wheeler
• Mr. Harold Benner (Trader Gene)
The Hallmark of Excellence in
Indian Arts and Crafts
IACA CODE OF ETHICS
For forty years, Indian Arts and Crafts Association member artists, wholesalers and
retailers have subscribed to a strict code of ethics which is intended to protect con-
sumers as well as retailers, wholesalers and American Indian artists. Aspiring IACA
members are carefully vetted prior to admission, and may become a member only
after review by IACA membership and approval by the IACA Board of Directors.
As part of their application, every IACA member signs to adhere to the Code of
Ethics as follows:
To honestly represent American Indian arts and crafts
as to nature and origin
within the realm of my control and to offer return privileges for articles found by
the Indian Arts and Crafts Association to have been misrepresented by me;
To abide by all federal, state, local and tribal laws
pertaining to Indian Arts
and Crafts, artifacts and natural resources;
To abide by ethical business conduct
regarding advertising, appraising, pricing
and guarantees offered by me;
To respect and support ethical business activities
of all Indian Arts and Crafts
Association members;
To encourage consumer confidence
in the authenticity of all articles identified
with the IACA seal; and,
To cooperate with the law enforcement agencies and the IACA
in the investiga-
tion of crimes involving Indian arts and crafts and to promote proper identifica-
tion of Indian arts and crafts.
IACA Members for 40 Years
• Joseph R. Jojola
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Artist
• Ben Nighthorse Campbell
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Artist
• Joseph Lonewolf
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Artist
• Frances and Tom Bayless
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Collectors
• Leo D. Calac
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Collector
• John D. Kennedy
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Honorary
• Noel Bennett
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Honorary
The Heard Museum Library & Archives
. . . . . . . . . . Museum
• John, Bonnie and Lila Boyer
- Boyers Indian Arts & Jewelry. Retail
• Bruce and Kathy Uhrig
- The Indians. . . . . . . . . . . Retail
• Richard A. and Mary Beth Rosenthal
- Morning Star Traders Inc.
.
Retail
• Steven R. Pickelner
- Benzav Trading Company. . . . . . . Wholesale
• Dominic Biava
- First American Traders. . . . . . . . . . Wholesale/Retail
• Jackson Clark, II
- Toh-Atin Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . Wholesale/Retail
• Ron McGee
- McGee’s Indian Art. . . . . . . . . . . . . Wholesale/Retail
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