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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

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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,

Best of

Show

at the market for a collabora-

tive piece with potter, Jodi Naranjo.

The best of the best in this year’s

competition.

Cliff Fragua, Jemez Pueblo,

left the

market with two awards, including a

Second Place for his sculpture

Flying

With Our Prayers

, and a Judge’s

Award for his

Rainbow Blessing

.

Cliff also was the

IACA Artist of the

Year

in 2005.

Carol Lujan, Nav-

ajo,

won top hon-

ors for her glass art

Rain Blessings

.

Mark Fischer, Oneida,

took home

an Honorable Mention for his sculp-

ture

Ancient Dignity

.

Mark also was second place winner

in the

2015 IACA Artist of the

Year

Competition.

Shane Hendren, Navajo,

received a Judge’s Award for

his

Anvil Ring

.

Shane was a two time winner

of the

IACA Artist of the

Year

, in 2007 and in 2014.

Edison Cummings,

Navajo

earned a

Judge’s Award for

his bracelet

Journey

Raynard Lalo,

Hopi,

earned a

First Place award

for his Kachina doll

Buffalo Pair

.

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.