Guidelines and Policy for Submittal of a URL to NativeWeb
NativeWeb’s set of guidelines is used to evaluate websites
submitted to the database. As a general policy:
1. Websites will provide information, services or
products directly related to indigenous peoples within
the bounds of
NativeWeb’s Mission Statement.
2. Websites offer content that is considered appropriate
for public Internet forums. Content does not include
information about private/ceremonial/spiritual matters
that is not intended for public dissemination, or
violate copyright or intellectual property laws.
NativeWeb's guidelines for commercial websites are
intended to promote the growth of indigenous economies
and to foster truth-in-advertising. Although there are
no international laws regulating these standards, NativeWeb
Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 is extremely useful
when applied to websites that are from other areas
of the world.
1. Websites must describe the relevant Native origin
of products/services, and explicitly identify the
heritage/enrollment status of the people involved for
those sites claiming Native American owners/authors
2. Websites do not borrow irrelevant Native words, phrases
or images as a marketing strategy (ie: 'peace pipes',
'animal totems’, etc.). Websites do not sell items of
a spiritual/religious nature (ie: 'medicine bags',
'blessed masks', 'sacred pipes', 'ceremonial items', etc.).
NW reserves the right to remove a website from the
database if the site fails to maintain compliance
with the policy guidelines.