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Fighting For Native American Artists Rights

November 22, 2016 I By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Pacific Legal Foundation’s Harold Johnson interviews PLF Attorney Caleb Trotter and his client Peggy Fontenot about her challenge in Fontenot v. Pruitt.

Peggy, a renowned American Indian artist and a member of a state-recognized tribe, cannot market her beaded jewelry, photographs and other art as “Indian Made” in Oklahoma because state law prohibits anyone other than a member of a federally recognized tribe from marketing their art as “Indian Made.” PLF argues that the Oklahoma law violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments, as well as the Commerce and Due Process clauses.

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