Los Angeles Man Indicted Over Counterfeit Loloma Jewelry

Per an article by Andy Stiny published on April 28 in the Santa Fe New Mexican, a Los Angeles man has been indicted on six counts of fraud, including two counts of violating the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act, which prohibits the sale of items falsely claimed to be made by Native Americans.  In this case, he allegedly tried to sell counterfeit jewelry he claimed to have been made by the late Hopi jeweler, Charles Loloma. 

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The importance of searching out art dealers who uphold the ethical standards set forth by ATADA can not be overstated.
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Judge Reverses Opinion - Dismisses Chaco Canyon Drilling Case

 Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, Pueblo Bonito, Author: Greg Willis, from Denver, Colorado, USA, Wikimedia Commons.

Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, Pueblo Bonito, Author: Greg Willis, from Denver, Colorado, USA, Wikimedia Commons.

Judge James O. Browning has issued a memorandum opinion reversing his previous conclusion that the BLM had violated the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

In his decision, Judge Browning determined that the BLM had met the minimum requirements of the NHPA and dismissed the case which had been brought by Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, San Juan Citizens Alliance, WildEarth Guardians and the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

More information about this case can be found on the Cultural Property News site and Federal judge tosses lawsuit over Chaco-area drilling by Andrew Oxford published in the Santa Fe New Mexican, April 25, 2018.

 

 

Chaco Canyon Update: The BLM Failed to Comply with the National Historic Preservation Act

 Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, Pueblo Bonito, Author: Greg Willis, from Denver, Colorado, USA, Wikimedia Commons.

Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, Pueblo Bonito, Author: Greg Willis, from Denver, Colorado, USA, Wikimedia Commons.

Cultural Property News has an update on the current controversy surrounding oil and gas lease sales near Chaco Culture National Historic Park.  The U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico has issued a preliminary order concluding that the BLM did violate the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). 

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Winter/Spring 2018 Edition of the ATADA News - Available Now!

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 Ancestral Figure “Patong” Ngaju Dayak. Borneo Island, Indonesia. Hardwood. H: 68” (173 cm). 18th to 19th century

Ancestral Figure “Patong” Ngaju Dayak. Borneo Island, Indonesia. Hardwood. H: 68” (173 cm). 18th to 19th century

In This Issue...

Art in Focus: Ancestral Figure "Patong"
Mark Johnson takes a closer look at a rare and highly refined Ngaju Dayak sculpture representing an important ancestor. 

On Trend:
Mark Blackburn gives his take on the current state of the Tribal art market and recaps recent auctions.

Legal Briefs:
U.S.’s UNESCO Withdrawal and the Art World; NAGPRA Repatriation Updates from Ron McCoy.

Legal Committee Report: 
The ATADA Voluntary Returns program has successfully returned over 100 sacred and ceremonial items to Southwestern tribes.  Take an in-depth look at how the program works.

Plus: 
ATADA Foundation Updates
The ATADA Calendar - Upcoming and Ongoing Tribal Art Events

The ATADA News is essential reading for anyone who is
serious about understanding issues facing collectors today.

Black Panther and Museums: the need for a genuine dialogue

A recent article on The Hopkins Exhibitionist website discusses the need for a dialogue about the complicated relationships between museums and the cultures which created the objects in their collections.  

While this article is focused on African art, we should be aware of the possible impacts on all indigenous art in museums and private collections. 

Spoiler Alert: the article does discuss the opening scene of the movie.