+ 2016 STOP Act • Read More ➤
The 2016 STOP Act prohibited the export of Native American and Hawaiian objects deemed tribal cultural patrimony. STOP swept away constitutional and legislative protections for grandfathered objects under ARPA and NAGPRA. ATADA worked directly with legislators to clarify STOP’s constitutional flaws and the economic damage to the entire Indian market. STOP died in committee in 2016.
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ATADA’s legal committee conferenced with Congress members and tribal leaders on the 2017 “Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act” (STOP). ATADA’s legal advocacy prompted a rethinking of STOP that eliminated some of its worst elements and added a federal voluntary return provision instead of forcing repatriation. Constitutional questions and a lack of due process remain, along with a disastrous federal policy statement that no one can support. ATADA is actively engaged in Washington and around the country on the 2017 STOP Act.
+ 2017 Modernizing the Indian Arts and Crafts Act • Read More ➤
ATADA submitted testimony to the Senate to support amending the Indian Arts and Crafts Act to provide greater protections from misrepresentation and to promote authenticity in the art market.
+ 2016 TAAR Act • Read More ➤
ATADA worked successfully in 2016 to inform key members of Congress of the damage to the international tribal art trade from “The Terrorist Art and Antiquities Revenue Prevention Act” (TAAR). TAAR died in committee, but similar US legislation is expected in 2017.
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ATADA led the way to resolve tribal concerns without government interference. The Voluntary Returns program is acknowledged by all parties to be a preferable, community-based alternative to federal encroachment on collector rights.
ATADA sponsored a major symposium in May 2017, Understanding Cultural
Property, covering the STOP Act, legal and economic issues in the Indian Art trade, and promoting cultural awareness.
ATADA has expanded its public and media outreach through its online Newsletter and direct contacts with newsmakers.
ATADA testified recently on behalf of religious minorities and the tribal art community at the Dept. of State.