We Believe every consumer has a right to know where a product comes from. In today’s global economy, domestic manufacturers are forced to compete in an unfair marketplace where most gifts, house wares, jewelry and accessories are marked with removable paper stickers that indicate country of origin. Many retailers and wholesalers remove these labels in an effort to raise perceived value and confuse consumers about country of origin.
We Believe that retail outlets located on federal property and national park lands should be held to the highest ethical standards, and should abide by the best retail practices promoted by groups such as the Museum Store Association and CRAFT, the Craft Retailers’ Association. These best practices include vetting vendor sources carefully and disclosing country of origin and production methods in a clear and transparent manner. Deceptive merchandising practices should be considered a violation of a retailer’s contract as a park concessionaire or government partner.
We Believe that American micro-enterprise manufacturers deserve an opportunity to acquire proper technical assistance, access to market training and initial exhibit experience in domestic trade shows so they can compete effectively in a global marketplace where foreign governments train and subsidize their small businesses that seek to sell in the USA.
We Believe that the erosion of many government regulations in banking, insurance and investment has increased risk and reduced opportunity for start-up and growth of our most fragile businesses.
We Believe that the smallest and newest businesses in America are the creators of more than 70% of all new jobs, and thereby are the source of the resurrection of our economy. During the 1980’s artists proved their economic development value to small towns and big cities that needed urban revitalization: the artists and other creative micro-enterprises and entrepreneurs planted the seeds of renewal, enabling those cities to lure investors and tourists.
We Believe tribal artisans and local cultural groups are valued partners in our cultural tourism and rural economic development strategy. They should be protected against fraud in the retail and wholesale merchandising of tribal-like products.
We Believe that importers who fail to comply with the requirements set forth in the Tariff Act of 1930 should be fined 10% plus the cost of indelible marking as stated in 19 U.S. Code 1304.