"Your company’s actions – due to your well-meaning, but frankly misguided policies and terms of service – are having unintended consequences that are harming Alaska Natives and their communities in my state,” Sullivan wrote in a letter to the site. Additionally, Sullivan has introduced S.1965, the Allowing Alaska IVORY Act. The bill prevents states from trying to restrict the sale of Native goods that are already permissible under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Etsy.com has faced criticism in the past for its treatment of American Indian and Alaska Native artisans and entrepreneurs. The site has adopted a policy that explains the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, which bars people from marking their goods as "Indian" or "Native" unless they are authentic.
But there appears to be little enforcement by the site. "Authentic" items are frequently lumped in with Native "inspired" products. Jessica Metcalfe, an expert on Native clothing and fashion, has repeatedly pointed out the site's shortcomings on the Beyond Buckskin blog. Read More on the Story:
Etsy.com stops letting Alaska Native artists sell ivory work (The Associated Press February 6, 2018)