Treasures, Treasuries, and Thoughts

I swore I would never do a blog! So much for swearing. I didn't think that I would have much to say or share. I was wrong! I have been so blessed with a wonderful family, loyal friends, sharing colleagues, and the support from so many that I will never run out of topics to write about.

I have opened an on-line store at a place called Etsy (rhymes with Betsy). The items on the left are available for purchase there. These will change from week to week to show you my latest creations. The link to the store is in the upper left corner of this page.

I also have items for sale listed on Art Fire. The link to my Art Fire Studio is

I hope you will visit this blog, my Flickr page ( and my Etsy and/or Art Fire stores often. (

So come along on my Trail of Treasures! It will be a Spirit Journey for me and I invite you to join me on the trip.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Misrepresentation of American Indian Merchandise

A Santa Fe business accused of misrepresenting the status of American Indian merchandise must pay the state attorney general's office a civil penalty of $10,000.

The attorney general's office announced the consent degree with Golden Bear Trading, Inc., on Monday. The business closed its doors in July due to "economic reasons."

The consent degree stems from a lawsuit filed last year. Authorities alleged that Golden Bear Trading misrepresented jewelry as having been made by noted Indian artist Calvin Begay during three undercover operations.

The consent degree requires the company to comply with the Indian Arts and Crafts Sales Act, which spells out what may be represented as "authentic" Indian arts and crafts.
Golden Bear Trading also must pay $2,255 in restitution to the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Board.
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