| Sister Sky, a certified Native American, women owned company is approved by the Intertribal Agriculture Council to use the “Made by American Indians” trademark on the company’s natural hair and body care products.
The company distributes Sister Sky branded lotion, shampoo, conditioner body wash and soap nationally. Principal partners are real life sisters, Monica Simeon and Marina TurningRobe, both enrolled citizens of the Spokane Tribe in Washington State.
The “Made by American Indians” trademark assists consumers in identifying authentic American Indian produced goods. According to the United States Department of Commerce, as much as 20% of the estimated $1 billion spent annually on Indian goods is spent on fake imitations not produced by Native Americans.
The “Made by American Indians” trademark was registered with the U.S. Patent Office in January of 1995. The authority for licensing the use of the trademark is vested in the Intertribal Agriculture Council of Billings, Montana.
According to the Intertribal Agriculture Council, the “Made by American Indians” trademark should serve as an expression of tradition, culture and pride. Through increased use of the trademark on Indian products, Native American producers will begin to realize a larger market share while the consumer will gain a heightened awareness of the meaning of the trademark.
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