Fighting the speech police: American Indian artist seeks to truthfully market her art

Peggy Fontenot v. Eric Schmitt, Attorney General of Missouri

Peggy is a member of the Virginia-recognized Patawomeck Indian tribe through her mother's line and is certified as an artisan by the federally recognized Citizen Potawatomi Nation through her father's line. In addition to her numerous awards, she has shown and sold her art in museums and galleries throughout the United States, including the Smithso ...

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August 20, 2019

Award-winning artist files suit over Missouri’s American Indian art law

Kansas City, Missouri; August 20, 2019: A federal lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri challenges a Missouri law that prevents an American Indian artist from talking truthfully about her art and, in turn, threatens her livelihood. Peggy Fontenot is an award-winning American Indian photographer and arti ...

August 12, 2019

Interior announces improvements to the Endangered Species Act

Changes come in response to petitions brought by Pacific Legal Foundation Washington, D.C.; August 12, 2019: Today the Department of the Interior announced changes that will improve the way the Endangered Species Act is applied — changes that will benefit property owners and species. Interior's new rules terminate an illegal and counterproductive ...

July 15, 2019

Washington Court of Appeals rejects Seattle’s “wealth tax”

Seattle, July 15, 2019: Today, the Washington State Court of Appeals released its decision in a case challenging Seattle's so-called wealth tax. The court ruled that the Washington State Constitution requires that an income tax be equal on all people, meaning that Seattle could not lawfully target one group of people with the tax. "For ...

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August 20, 2019

States can’t prevent American Indian artists from truthfully marketing their art

This March, Peggy Fontenot, an award-winning artist and member of the Patawomeck Tribe, vindicated her right to truthfully market her art as "American Indian-made" in Oklahoma. The Patawomeck Tribe is recognized by Virginia as an American Indian tribe. But because the Patawomeck Tribe is not recognized by the federal government, Oklahoma barred Peg ...

August 19, 2019

The Hill: Interior has revised endangered species rules — what happens now?

The Endangered Species Act is one of the nation's most popular environmental laws. Any potential change to it generates public concern — and understandably so. The federal government recently announced new rules to implement the law. But many are wondering: How will these changes affect species conservation? We should evaluate the rules by asking ...

August 18, 2019

The Salt Lake Tribune: Endangered Species Act reforms improve Incentives for landowners to recover species

This week, the departments of the Interior and Commerce issued significant reforms to their implementation of the Endangered Species Act. Although any change concerning this popular law generates understandable concern, many of these changes will benefit on-the-ground conservation by reducing conflict between regulators, property owners, and conser ...


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