Persuasive Outline

Topics: Native Americans in the United States, United States Senate, United States Pages: 4 (676 words) Published: April 13, 2012
Persuasive Speech Outline

Native American Crafts
Ian Federgreen
|General Purpose: |To persuade | |Specific Purpose: |To persuade my audience to help stop the sale of counterfeit Native American crafts | |Central Idea: |Enforcement of an existing law can prevent the widespread sale of counterfeit crafts | | |that are devastating the economies of American Indian tribes. |



 Attention Material:  On a vacation in the Southwest, you spend $45 to buy a Navajo blanket, which supposedly was made by a Native American weaver. But the blanket was actually one of thousands of identical, mass-produced blankets made in China.

Preview:  This common scenario may seem harmless, but counterfeiting is wrecking some American Indian communities.   I will explain the problem and then suggest a solution.

(Transition: Let’s begin by looking at the problem.)


I. Counterfeit crafts are widespread and harmful.
A. The sale of Native American crafts is over $1 billion per year. 1. 60 percent is counterfeit. (U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs) 2. Definition of counterfeit: Country of origin is not identified, and craft is sold as genuine native. B. I do not oppose your buying imitation crafts made abroad. 1. If you see a headband labeled “made in the Philippines” and want to buy it, fine. (Show slide.) 2. What I oppose is a headband falsely labeled “made by Native Americans.” 3. I want the truth, so that I can make an informed choice.

C. Dream-catchers are popular. (Show slide.)
1. You can buy them in gift shops and tourist attractions.
2. But most are made abroad and falsely labeled as made by Native Americans. D. Mass-produced crafts have put some Native...

Bibliography: Davies, Jennifer. “Counterfeit Crafts Squeeze Out True Indian Heritage.” San Diego Union-Tribune. 22 Sept. 2002: 8.
Lonetree, Jacob H., President of the Ho-Chunk Nation. “Testimony before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on The Indian Arts and Crafts Act.” Proceedings of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. 2000. Retrieved 18 June 2003 .
Madrid, Patricia, Attorney General of the State of New Mexico. E-mail interview. 8 July 2003.
Weisbaum, Herb, CBS News Consumer Correspondent. “Handmade or Rip-Off?” CBS News. 2002. Retrieved 18 June 2003 .
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