Overnight, something very interesting happened to the Urban Outfitters website: all 21 of the company's products that had been called "Navajo" vanished. At least at first glance.
The clothing chain's use of the word "Navajo" — which is not only the name of a tribe, but also a trademark owned by the Navajo Nation — recently came under fire when it was revealed that the Nation had sent Urban Outfitters a cease-and-desist letter in June. At issue were allegedly trademark-infringing products including the "Navajo Flask" and the "Navajo Hipster Panty." On Columbus Day, Minneapolis woman Sasha Houston Brown wrote an incendiary open letter to the company, calling Urban Outfitters' various Native American-inspired products "a cheap, vulgar and culturally offensive retail collection."