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

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 1:10pm5/22/12 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 12:20pm3/16/12 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 2:20pm3/01/12 2:20pm

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

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 … »11/01/11 10:13pm11/01/11 10:13pm

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 7:00pm10/13/11 7:00pm

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 3:25pm10/11/11 3:25pm