Meet Native Max, the New Native American Fashion Mag

Twenty-one-year-old Kelly Holmes, who grew up on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, has started Native Max, a fashion/style publication for Native American men and women — and non-Native Americans who want to learn about the culture. "There's really no magazine, a Native-owned and operated, Native-designed magazine. … » 10/17/12 6:00pm 10/17/12 6:00pm

Johnny Depp Adopted by Comanche Nation; Should We Drop Charges of…

Despite the fact that Johnny Depp is supposedly "reinventing" the character of Tonto in the re-imagining of The Lone Ranger, the early buzz has been mixed, with accusations of Redface. But last week, LaDonna Harris, a Comanche and president of Americans for Indian Opportunity, invited Depp to join the tribe. » 5/22/12 1:10pm 5/22/12 1:10pm

Rodarte's Aboriginal Prints Called 'Offensive' By Australian Leader

Controversy has erupted over the references to aboriginal art in Rodarte's fall collection. Megan Davis, an aboriginal law professor and an expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, says that she finds the collection offensive. "The thought of seeing women walking around in this… » 3/16/12 12:20pm 3/16/12 12:20pm

Navajo Nation Sues Urban Outfitters Over The 'Navajo Hipster Panty'

The Navajo Nation has filed a lawsuit against Urban Outfitters alleging breach of trademark and violations of the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act. And so the infamous "Navajo Hipster Panty" and "Navajo Flask" will have their day in court. The Navajo Nation holds numerous trademarks on the use of its name, including… » 3/01/12 2:20pm 3/01/12 2:20pm

Forever 21 Didn't Get The Navajo Memo

Last month, Urban Outfitters drew popular ire — and threats of legal action from the Navajo Nation — for advertising such products as the "Navajo Flask" and the "Navajo Hipster Panty." The tribe owns a variety of trademarks on the term "Navajo," including one covering clothing — meaning that legally speaking, calling a… » 11/03/11 3:20pm 11/03/11 3:20pm

Forever 21 Gets In On Cultural Insensitivity Trend With "Oriental Girl"…

This month Urban Outfitters got in trouble for branding dozens of items as "Navajo," including the "Navajo Hipster Panty" and "Navajo Print Fabric Wrapped Flask," when the Navajo Nation is a real (and trademarked!) nation that had nothing to do with the production of these cheap hipster goods. They've subsequently renamed » 11/01/11 10:13pm 11/01/11 10:13pm

Ladymags Totally Loving This Navajo 'Trend'

Urban Outfitters may have changed the names of their non-Navajo-made "Navajo" products, but in the October issues, Navajo is still super cool. » 10/20/11 3:40pm 10/20/11 3:40pm

In the October issue of , a caption reads, "Pixelated and magnified, a Najavo print becomes infinitely more modern." Infinitely! There is literally no limit to how modern these…

Urban Outfitters And The Navajo Nation: What Does The Law Say?

Sasha Houston Brown's open letter to Urban Outfitters regarding its use of the word "Navajo" in its product names may or may not have inspired company C.E.O. Glen Senk to fauxpologize in the comments — the company still won't confirm or deny whether it was really Senk or someone impersonating him — but it's certainly… » 10/13/11 7:00pm 10/13/11 7:00pm

The Most WTF Navajo-Inspired Clothing And Accessories

Urban Outfitters may have been the recipient of a cease-and-desist letter from the Navajo Nation, which, as the holder of several trademarks on the word "Navajo," is seeking to stop the company from using "Navajo" in its product names and descriptions, but the current vogue for "Navajo"-inspired (and Native American-inspired … » 10/12/11 6:10pm 10/12/11 6:10pm

Urban Outfitter's 'Navajo' Problem Becomes A Legal Issue

Sasha Houston Brown of Minneapolis published a strongly worded open letter to Urban Outfitters yesterday at Racialicious. Brown, who directly addresses C.E.O. Glen Senk, takes the clothing chain to task for its appropriation of Native American arts and crafts, and its frequent use of the word "Navajo" in product names… » 10/11/11 3:25pm 10/11/11 3:25pm