Harvey Pratt, a citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes who serves as chairman of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, a federal entity, is among the witnesses at the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs field hearing in New Mexico. Photo by Rosemary Stephens / Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune
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Witness list for field hearing on Indian Arts and Crafts Act in New Mexico

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding a field hearing in New Mexico this Friday.

The topic of the hearing is the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. The law, which was first enacted in 1990, requires goods that are marketed or labeled as "Indian" to be produced by Indian artisans or tribes.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), the vice chairman of the committee, will chair the proceeding. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) also plans to attend.

The hearing takes place at the Santa Fe Indian School, a Bureau of Indian Education institution in Santa Fe. The witness list follows:
Panel I:
Bill Woody, Chief, Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Meridith Stanton, Executive Director, Indian Arts and Crafts Board
Jim Tierney, Acting U.S. Attorney, District of New Mexico, U.S. Department of Justice, Albuquerque, NM

Panel II:
Damon Martinez, Former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico
Joyce Begay Foss, Director, Living Traditions Education Center, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
Dallin Maybee, Chief Operating Officer, Southwestern Association for Indian Arts
Harvey Pratt, Native American Artist

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice:
Oversight Field Hearing on “Cultural Sovereignty Series: Modernizing the Indian Arts and Crafts Act to Honor Native Identity and Expression.” (July 7, 2017)

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