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Indian Arts And Crafts Development

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Indian Arts And Crafts Development


Federal Agency




Act to Promote the Development of Indian Arts and Crafts as amended; Public Law 74-355, 42 Stat. 891-2, 62 Stat. 759, 25 U.S.C. 305,18 U.S.C. 1158-9; Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, Title I, Sections 101-7; Public Law 101-644, 104 Stat. 4662-5; Indian Arts and Crafts Enforcement Act of 2000, Public Law 106-497, 114 Stat. 2219.






To encourage and promote the development of American Indian and Alaska Native arts and crafts.


Types of Assistance

Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment; Advisory Services and Counseling; Investigation of Complaints.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Program planning assistance, such as the development of innovative educational, production, promotion, and economic concepts related to Native culture. Complaints about imitation American Indian arts and crafts that are misrepresented as genuine handcrafts are referred to appropriate Federal or local authorities for action. The three museums operated by the Board serve Indians and the general public: the Sioux Indian Museum, in Rapid City, South Dakota; the Museum of the Plains Indian, in Browning, Montana; and the Southern Plains Indian Museum, in Anadarko, Oklahoma. Advisory assistance only; no grants or other direct financial assistance is offered.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

American Indian and Alaska Native individuals and organizations, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, State and local governments, and nonprofit organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

American Indian and Alaska Native individuals and organizations, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, State and local governments, and nonprofit organizations.




Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Submit request to headquarters office.

Award Procedure

Not applicable.



Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Acknowledgement usually in 14 days.


Not applicable.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.


Post Assistance Requirements


Required only if appropriate to the type of assistance offered.


Not applicable.




Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries and expenses) FY 07 $1,057,000; FY 08 $1,189,700; and FY 09 est $1,195,700.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.


Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2002, advisory and other services were extended to the general public and to an estimated 6,500 Native artists and craftsmen on a continuing basis. In addition, the operation of three Indian museums provided professional museum services to over 200,000 individuals.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

25 CFR 301, 304, 307, 308, 309, 310. "Fact Sheet: General Information about the Activities of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board." No charge.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Director, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, Room 4004-Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 20240. Contact: Meridith Z. Stanton, Director. Telephone: (202) 208-3773. Use the same number for FTS.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

11.800, Minority Business Enterprise Centers


Examples of Funded Projects

Assistance to an Indian craftsmen's cooperative to plan a series of exhibitions to recognize and promote outstanding work by its members; assistance to an Indian tribe to plan fund-raising to operate a new museum facility; assistance to an Indian craftsman to locate a grant to set aside time for creative experimentation; assistance to an Indian artist to organize, publicize, and professionally install a one-person sales exhibition at an Indian Arts and Crafts Board museum; assistance to an Indian nonprofit organization to develop a comprehensive plan for a multi-facility cultural center.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All requests receive a response. The depth and extent of assistance offered depend on: relevance to agency objectives; extent to which American Indians and Alaska Natives have had and will have control over any decision-making involved; artistic and/or professional quality and feasibility of the proposed project; anticipated benefits to American Indian and Alaska Native artists and craftsmen.


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