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Learning Forum: Operation Al Zuni

January 26, 2020  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learning Forums are thought-provoking presentations on a wide variety of topics. Each program features a 45-minute presentation, followed by an open forum with questions and discussion about the topic.

This week, Conor McMahon presents, "Operation Al Zuni: Law Enforcement of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act." 

This talk will explore various law enforcement actions led by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board to stop to the sale of counterfeit Native American art. You'll also learn the importance of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act in protecting contemporary American Indian and Alaska Native artists.  

The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 is a "truth in advertising" law that requires products be marketed truthfully regarding the Indian heritage and tribal affiliation of the producer so as not to mislead the consumer.

McMahon is the chief curator of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB). He’ll explore the board’s role in stopping the sale of counterfeit Native American art and protecting artists.

McMahon's focus is on the artwork of contemporary American Indian and Alaskan Native artists, working to preserve and display the rich collections of Native American arts and crafts.

He supervises the operations of three IACB museums:

  • The Sioux Indian Museum, located in The Journey Museum and Learning Center
  • The Southern Plains Indian Museum in Anadarko, Oklahoma
  • The Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning, Montana
He has held previous positions at the International Museum of the Horse in Lexington, Kentucky and the Museum of New Mexico Systems in Santa Fe.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members. Call 605-394-6923 to reserve tickets.

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Theater map below. Seats marked ADA indicate wheelchair accessibility. Blue seats indicate space for foldout chairs, but those with ADA requirements take first priority.

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