In current form, the IACA authorizes the IACB to register a genuineness and quality "trademark owned by the Government in the United States Patent and Trademark without charge and assign it and the goodwill associated with it to an individual Indian or Indian tribe without charge."(272) Thus, the IACA contemplates initial ownership by the United States government followed by a subsequent transfer of rights in the trademark to an Indian individual or tribe.
Today, the IACB estimates annual sales at one billion dollars.
The press also reported the IACB's tiny budget--$967,000--claiming that, when adjusted for inflation, the budget is 46% less now than it was thirty years ago.
21, 1998, at 1, available at 1998 WL 17192756 (quoting Kathleen Siemont, attorney with the IACB).
It is unclear from Calac's statement just how broadly defined the IACB thought the term "Indian" should be.
(149.) As noted earlier, the 2000 amendments instruct the IACB to promulgate additional regulations providing examples of "Indian product." Pub.
(176.) As of May 17, 2000, the IACB had received 45 complaints.
"The IACB and [the Interior Department's] Office of the Solicitor have met with the Department of Justice's Office of Tribal Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Executive Office for U.S.
(193.) For a detailed history of the early years of the IACB, see ROBERT FAY SCHRADER, THE INDIAN ARTS AND CRAFTS BOARD: AN ASPECT OF NEW DEAL INDIAN POLICY (1983).
(209.) According to Schrader, the initial efforts of the IACB were unsuccessful because the Board's leadership emphasized a "purist" approach, which emphasized adherence to rigid standards for Native artisans.
(260.) Santa Fe Hearing, supra note 40, at 13 (statement of Leo Calac, Vice Chairman, IACB).
(265.) "[T]he strengthened trademark powers in this bill will certainly help Indian craftsmen and the board ..." Santa Fe Hearing, supra note 40, at 13 (statement of Leo Calac, Vice Chairman, IACB).