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Resource ID: #15231
Subject: Fraud
Source: NBC News Dateline
Date: 1998-08-18



Dateline NBC's story about fast-buck artists and frauds stealing from Native Americans by flooding the market with imported imitations and cheap knock-offs of Native American jewelry and art. By interviewing Native American artists on the Zuni Reservation and in marketplaces throughout the Southwest, the authors found Native American artists and their culture have been badly hurt by this bogus trade and the unemployment resulting from the drop in jewelry sales. The Attorneys General of Arizona and New Mexico told Dateline that millions of tourists and consumers have been fooled into paying top dollar for Native American originals when what they are really getting are cheap imitations.

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