The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) promotes the “Made by American Indians” trademark as a means to successfully and clearly identify actual American Indian products from federally recognized Tribes. The IAC started the arduous task of initial research, development, and registration of the “Made by American Indians” trademark in 1991 when the project was funded by a grant through the Administration for Native Americans. In January 1995 the United States Patent and Trademark Office finally approved the trademark. The trademark has been test marketed and is currently certified for use on three Classes and additional certifications are ongoing as the use increases.
IAC currently has over 500 licensed trademark users and we are continually adding users. Producer as well as consumer interest continues to grow and offers improved marketing potential for all Indian producers through national and international exposure. The IAC’s booklet on use of the “Made by American Indians” trademark has been a good resource for interested individuals. In fact, 5,000 booklets were originally printed and have since been reprinted four times due to unexpected demand. The booklet offers an overview of the uses of the trademark as well as an application for its use.
In the next year IAC will be filing for expanded use of the mark on products not currently authorized by the US Patent & Trademark Office.
This trademark project is not covered financially under any of IAC’s grants, but continues as part of normal IAC administrative activity. If you, your Tribe or a Tribal enterprise have products which are American Indian made and you are not using this FREE trademark, please contact the IAC office to receive an application and registration form or simply download the application located on the website. The widespread use of the trademark will have a positive effect for increasing market recognition and consumers will be less willing to spend their money on imitations.