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Gail E. Chehak
Leslie A. Kedelty
J.T. Willie
Nina C. Alexander
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I was young, energetic, focused, and fortunate to be a part of what has proven to
be a highlight in my life.
In the early years the annual IACA meeting and trade shows were really an
event. Hundreds of members regularly came to the annual meetings that were
held from Kansas City to Tucson.
For years Fred Kabotie from Hopi made his annual suggestion at our board
meeting that we meet in Hawaii. He wanted to get to Hawaii in the worst way!
Perhaps the most fun that I had was in 1978 (I think!) when Tom Wheeler of
Hogback Trading became the new President. The meeting was being held in
Scottsdale with another great turnout. When Tom accepted the gavel, I paraded
out a small pig wearing an imprinted shirt with “Hogback Trading” and the IACA
logo. Everyone cheered and Tom was perplexed. He was staying in the hotel for
another two days!
I applaud the IACA and its membership that has been sustained for forty years.
The cause and ideals are no less significant today than they were in the early 70s.
Keep fighting the good fight!
John D. Kennedy
IACA President - 1974
How to Fi l e A Comp l a int
Under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-644), all products must
be marketed truthfully regarding the heritage and tribal affiliation of the artist
or craftsperson. The law prohibits misrepresentation of Indian arts and crafts
within the United States. It covers all arts and crafts produced after 1935 and is
a truth-in-advertising law. Under the act, “Indian” is defined as a person who: 1)
is an enrolled member of a State or Federally recognized Tribe, or 2) has been
certified as an Indian artisan by a governing body of an Indian Tribe. For a Copy
of the Law and information about how to file a complaint, write or call:
Indian Arts and Crafts Board at the U.S. Department of Interior
1849 C. Street, N.W., MS 2528-MIB, Washington, DC 20240
(888) ART-FAKE