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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Indian artist sues to identify herself as … Indian

Bob Unruh  Video at the link.

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"A well-known Indian artist is suing the state of Oklahoma to be allowed to identify herself as an Indian.
"In a case brought in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma by the Pacific Legal Foundation, photographer and artist Peggy Fontenot is challenging a state law she contends “violates her constitutional rights to free speech and to earn a living by prohibition her from truthfully describing her work as ‘American Indian-made.'”
"Fontenot is targeting the state’s American Indian Arts and Crafts Sales Act, which, the legal team explained, “prohibits American Indian artists from labeling their work as ‘American Indian’ unless they are members of specified tribes that enjoy the state’s favor.”
"Fontenot is officially a member of the Patawomeck tribe in Virginia, which is recognized by the state. But it is not recognized by the federal government or the state of Oklahoma.
“ 'In essence, Oklahoma is picking and choosing which artists’ rights to respect depending on their tribal membership,” the legal team argued." . . . Read more

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