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For over fifteen years, River Trading Post has featured many of today’s very top American Indian artists. Testament to that is the many
prestigious awards won by our featured artists over the years. 2016 was no exception with River Trading Post artists continuing to garner
award after award, including top recognition at the
2016 Heard Museum Guild American Indian Art Fair and Market
Federal agents swooped down on galleries in Santa Fe and arrested three people for conspiring to sell jewelry manufactured in the Philip-
pines and selling it as American Indian made. The Indian Arts and Crafts Act prohibits falsely claiming that arts or crafts for sale are
American Indian made. Undercover federal agents posing as buyers say that jewelry was represented as having been created by Navajo
artists when they actually were mass produced in the Philippines.
The thee worked out of Galleria Azul and Gallery 8 in Santa Fe which were raided and shut
down. Another store in Scottsdale—also called Galleria Azul—closed in 2014. If convicted,
the three under indictment face up to five years in a federal penitentiary, and a $250,000 fine.
When interviewed by KPHO TV in Phoenix, River Trading Post Managing Director Kathi
Ouellet said, “This affects all of us, and it devalues all of us.”
Sadly, these consumer rip offs occur every day. To protect yourself look for the IACA or
ATADA seal where you are shopping, and get a receipt that identifies the tribal affiliation of
the artist. Then you can shop for American Indian art with peace of mind.
Glendora Fragua, Jemez Pueblo,
took the very top honors,
at the market for a collabora-
tive piece with potter, Jodi Naranjo.
The best of the best in this year’s
Cliff Fragua, Jemez Pueblo,
market with two awards, including a
Second Place for his sculpture
With Our Prayers
, and a Judge’s
Award for his
Cliff also was the
IACA Artist of the
Carol Lujan, Nav-
won top hon-
ors for her glass art
Mark Fischer, Oneida,
an Honorable Mention for his sculp-
Mark also was second place winner
2015 IACA Artist of the
Shane Hendren, Navajo,
received a Judge’s Award for
Shane was a two time winner
IACA Artist of the
, in 2007 and in 2014.
Judge’s Award for
First Place award
for his Kachina doll
Our congratulations to each of these outstanding artists. You can enjoy the fine work of each of these artists in our galleries and on our website.