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article MORON ALERT: Inside the Missouri Tribe That Has Made White People Millions (9/9/2020)
(Missouri) -- Before the $300 million national scandal, the civil rights lawsuit and the accusations of fraud, the Northern Cherokee Nation meant something in St. Louis...
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Cultural Appropriation

article 'Offensive': Tony Hawk's Pro Skater uses Māori tā moko for 'poly-face' tattoo option (9/7/2020)
(New Zealand) -- The newly relaunched Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 video game has prompted outrage with several facial tattoo options for players that mimic Māori tā moko...
article This Is Exactly What Cultural Appropriation Means (8/24/2020)
(Worldwide) -- What happens when cultures collide? A backdrop of systemic racism can turn innocent cultural exchange into insidious cultural appropriation. Here's a...
article KFOR investigates candidate Terry Neese’s claim of having ‘deep roots in the Cherokee Nation’ (8/21/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Republican politician Terry Neese has previously stated she has “deep roots in the Cherokee Nation,” but her campaign team admitted on Friday...
article Brands are working to change fashion’s ‘blind spot around indigenous issues’ (8/11/2020)
(USA) -- Kerry Docherty, chief impact officer at fashion brand Faherty, said that several years ago, she began to feel uncomfortable with some of the prints in the brand...
article Alberta brewery apologizes for misusing Maori language, naming beer 'pubic hair' (8/8/2020)
(Alberta) -- An Alberta brewery has apologized for unknowingly naming their beer 'pubic hair,' after using a Maori word they thought meant feather. Two years ago...
article OP/ED: White Professor Busted Posing Online as Bisexual American Indian with Corona (8/6/2020)
(Internet) -- BethAnn McLaughlin is a middle-aged, white, woman and leftist #MeToo Warrior who spent years on Twitter posing as a bi-sexual, American Indian woman.
article A Queer Indigenous Professor Who Died of COVID-19 Didn’t Actually Exist (8/3/2020)
(Arizona) -- A popular Twitter account claiming to be run by a queer, Indigenous Arizona State University professor who “died from COVID-19” on Friday was an...
article Claims of an ASU professor dying from COVID-19 were untrue. Who was behind the hoax? (8/3/2020)
(Arizona) -- It appeared, at first, to be a tragedy. Posts on Twitter on Saturday proclaimed a person who taught at Arizona State University died of COVID-19, the latest...
article Pegge Hopper And The ‘Myth’ Of Native Hawaiians (8/2/2020)
(Hawaii) -- Her bare feet stretch out across a pastel pink bed. Plumeria flowers lie scattered beside her. One blossom adorns her ear. A light pink dress fits loosely...
article Métis leadership says rise in 'race-shifting' threatens future of the Métis Nation (7/31/2020)
(Ottawa) -- Métis Nation leadership says the rise in people falsely claiming a Métis identity is dangerous because it threatens the future of the entire Nation.
article It's Time Pop Culture Stops Embracing the Term "Spirit Animal" (7/17/2020)
(USA) -- At some point in your life, you’ve probably been asked what your "spirit animal" is. (You may have even been asked this during a job interview...
press release One Of Australia’s Best Restaurants In Hot Water Over Foundation Fraud. Is There A Masterchef Curse? (7/6/2020)
(Australia) -- Early least year, an Australian chef by the name of George Calombaris’s company MAdE Establishment Group admitted to underpaying more than $7.83...
article Lawsuit over cultural appropriation of Native designs proceeds, despite Neiman Marcus bankrupty (7/1/2020)
(Alaska) -- Neiman Marcus is one of the clothing retailers that’s seen a decline in sales because of the coronavirus. The company filed for bankruptcy in early May...
article Las Vegas casino removes statue at request of faith leaders (6/25/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- The Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas is removing a statue from one of its night clubs after local religious leaders called it "highly inappropriate....
article How A Company Misappropriated Native American Culture To Sell Health Insurance (5/20/2020)
(USA) -- Jill Goodridge was shopping for affordable health insurance when a friend told her about O’NA HealthCare, a low-cost alternative to commercial insurance....
article Fake Indian jewelry case took years to unravel (5/9/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The Justice Department wrapped up a case yesterday bizarrely titled United States v. 99,337 Pieces of Counterfeit Native American Jewelry, closing an...
article Controversial Native American woman image removed from Land O'Lakes packaging (4/16/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Land O’Lakes butter company has removed an iconic but problematic image from its packaging. In a statement reported in the Twin Cities Pioneer...
article Cultural appropriation: can designers ever responsibly “borrow” from other cultures? (3/13/2020)
(UK) -- Last month, a British brewery came under fire when a Hindu statesman branded the identity of one of its beers as “highly insensitive”. Rajan Zed, the...
article Indigenous artists call for apology after American reality TV star spotted in regalia (1/8/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Several Indigenous artists and designers in B.C. are angry and calling for an apology after an American reality TV star was spotted wearing regalia...
article Three plead guilty to importing fake Native American jewelry (1/7/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Justice Department said three individuals on Jan. 6 pleaded guilty in an Arizona district court to importing and selling counterfeit Native American-...
article Hubbard Park Lodge installed teepee-like tents for eating and drinking, creating concerns of culture appropriation (12/26/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Hubbard Park Lodge has constructed two heated teepee-like structures called “Tall Timber Tents” that patrons can rent out this winter for...
article Pamela Anderson accused of cultural appropriation after wearing Native American headdress for Halloween (11/5/2019)
(USA) -- Pamela Anderson is facing backlash and accusations of cultural appropriation after sharing photos of herself dressed in a traditional Native American headdress...
article Pamela Anderson Pushes Back After Cultural Appropriation Backlash to Her Native American Halloween Costume (11/5/2019)
(California) -- Pamela Anderson is speaking out after she was accused of racism and cultural appropriation for her Native American-inspired Halloween costume.
article Pamela Anderson Slammed For Native American Halloween Costume (11/5/2019)
(USA) -- Pamela Anderson is under fire for her Halloween costume, where she dressed as a Native American person. Twitter users condemned the outfit, and accused Anderson...
article A culture, not a costume / How to handle cultural appropriation during Halloween (10/30/2019)
(USA) -- Glory Ames, from the White Earth reservation, is frustrated that despite the presence of several reservations near Moorhead, Minn., local Halloween stores still...
article American Indian student group campaign addresses culture appropriation during Halloween (10/30/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Part of the Halloween season for University of Minnesota student Meenakshi Mattson – and for many people of color – is seeing her culture...
article Yandy Finally Got Rid Of An Offensive Costume. So Why Are Some Protesters Still Angry? (10/30/2019)
(Arizona) -- The day before Halloween in 2017, Amanda Blackhorse found herself protesting in the Phoenix, Arizona, headquarters of the popular Halloween costume retailer...
article The Aboriginal flag dispute in focus: who owns the right to use? (9/23/2019)
(Australia) -- The Australian government is considering whether to compulsorily acquire the rights to use the Aboriginal flag on public policy grounds. Kate O'Rourke...
article How the Kansas City Chiefs got their name and the Boy Scout Tribe of Mic-O-Say (9/19/2019)
(Virginia) -- In our series of articles on the Boy Scouts, three factions or offshoot groups came about as a result of the initial organization based on the young men...
article The Koshare museum raises money and its ‘Native’ dancers perform even after being told they shouldn’t (9/18/2019)
(Virginia) -- Thus far in the series of articles on the Boy Scouts, Indian Country Today has reported on the Boy Scouts 100-plus year history and the associated factions...
article The Tribe of Mic-O-Say dance teams regularly perform’ in ‘Native-style regalia’ (9/17/2019)
(Virginia) -- When searching the Boy Scouts of America website for ‘Mic-O-Say’ the website says “Sorry nothing to display,” However, after...
article Order of the Arrow is a ‘secret’ scout society ‘in the spirit of the Lenni Lenape’ - a Lenape leader disagrees (9/16/2019)
(Virginia) -- E. Umer Goodman and Carroll A. Edson were fascinated by Lenape culture. So in 1915 the two men modeled a secret society, designed to follow the Boy Scouts...
article Boy Scouts ‘have been one of the worst culprits’ of cultural appropriation (9/15/2019)
(USA) -- The Boy Scouts ‘origin story’ has claimed ‘Native teachings and spawned several factions claiming American Indian lore. Perhaps known, or...
article Dior Finally Says No to Sauvage (9/13/2019)
(France) -- A stubbled white loner in a serape, a deep ocean blue shirt and multiple beaded chains and bracelets stares moodily at desert landscape lit by the blood reds...
article Johnny Depp Defends Native American-Themed Dior Ad After SJWs Denounce It As Racist (9/10/2019)
(Hollywood) -- After social justice warriors forced Dior into pulling a Native American-themed "Sauvage" cologne ad starring Johnny Depp, the actor has now...
article OP/ED: Dior And Johnny Depp Yield To An Ever-Offended World (9/10/2019)
(Hollywood) -- I'm sure you've heard about the controversial spot for Dior's "Sauvage" brand of perfume with Johnny Depp. Since this particular...
article Johnny Depp Defends Dior Campaign: 'It's a Pity That People Jumped the Gun' (9/9/2019)
(Hollywood) -- When Dior shared its new Sauvage perfume campaign last month, the company was met with criticism. Many were quick to call the commercial, which stars...
article Johnny Depp Says Dior 'Sauvage' Film Was Made "With Great Respect" for Native Americans Following Backlash (9/8/2019)
(Hollywood) -- The actor said they are working with those offended by the film to come to a resolution and that the full film "has never been seen." Johnny...
article Why Dior’s Appropriation of Native Identity to Sell Perfume Miserably Backfired (9/6/2019)
(USA) -- Last week, the luxury fashion house Dior released its latest men’s fragrance campaign, Sauvage, including a promotional film starring Johnny Depp in the...
article Johnny Depp: row over Dior ad and Native American culture is more nuanced than you think (9/4/2019)
(Hollywood) -- The social media reaction to Johnny Depp's controversial new video for Dior's 'Sauvage' perfume was intense. So intense, in fact, that...
article ROLO: Going Native: The Scent of Racism (9/4/2019)
(USA) -- Last week, the chic French luxury brand Christian Dior debuted an ad campaign for its fragrance referencing Native Americans. A number of American Indians...
article Dior Pulls Depp Ad Amid Native American Backlash (9/3/2019)
(USA) -- Dior has pulled an ad for its Sauvage cologne featuring Johnny Depp. Twitter users called the ad’s use of Native American culture insensitive.
article IllumiNative: Dior's SAUVAGE campaign is deeply offensive, racist, and cultural appropriation at its worst (9/3/2019)
(Indian Country) -- The SAUVAGE advertising campaign is an example how a 'well-intentioned' collaboration can be done in an exploitative and racist manner says...
article Takeaways from the outcry over Dior’s Johnny Depp perfume ad: Tuesday Wake-Up Call (9/3/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Yet another luxury brand just had to backtrack after a culturally insensitive move. Dior on Friday pulled an ad for its “Sauvage” perfume...
article Dior 'Sauvage' ad with Johnny Depp is making the internet cringe: 'Misappropriation of Native American culture' (9/1/2019)
(USA) -- When the latest campaign for Dior’s Sauvage cologne hit the internet on Friday — featuring a Native American man and actor Johnny Depp narrating...
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Georgia Gaming

article Georgia lottery rakes in $1.24B, powering through pandemic (7/15/2020)
(Georgia) -- The coronavirus pandemic is no match for lottery players. The Georgia Lottery Corp. said that profits delivered to the state hit a new record of $1.24...
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Kickapoo Tribe

article Wisconsin Coffee Company Stops Use Of Indigenous Name Amid National Reckoning About Race (7/6/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- As Black Lives Matter protests spark a national reckoning about racial justice, a Wisconsin business is finally ending the use of an Indigenous name over...
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Las Vegas Gaming

article Las Vegas casino uses Hindu, Jain deities to offer 'high-class debauchery'; apologises later (6/26/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- A casino in Las Vegas found itself in hot waters after displaying statues of various Hindu and Jain deities, instantly drawing flak from religious leaders...
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Indiana Gaming

article Workers at Caesars Southern Indiana demand better wages and affordable healthcare (2/26/2020)
(Indiana) -- Workers at Caesars Southern Indiana are demanding better wages and more affordable health care. Many of those workers say they are often forced to make the...
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Other News

article 'The Elizabeth Warren of the sci-fi set': Author faces criticism for repeated use of tribal traditions (6/25/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A popular author is facing renewed accusations of cultural appropriation after repeatedly using tribal stories and traditions without consent. In her...
article Canyons of the Ancients Artifacts Thief Goes to Jail (6/13/2020)
(Colorado) -- Canyons of the Ancients, in southwestern Colorado state, is the Holy Grail of American archaeology with the largest number of archaeological sites dating...
article Cal-Berkeley called out for sitting on tribal artifacts (6/12/2020)
(California) -- The University of California system — including the liberal campus in Berkeley — has been called out for inconsistency and delay in...
article Two plead guilty to selling fake Native art in New Mexico (4/30/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Two bulk vendors of Native American-style crafts and jewelry pleaded guilty Wednesday in a videoconference federal court hearing in New Mexico to...
article Land O’Lakes redesigns packaging, apparently retiring Indian maiden logo (4/17/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Land O’Lakes is quietly changing its look, and the American Indian maiden on the Minnesota company’s butter and dairy packaging for nearly a...
article Ian Morris interview: “We must interact with the land and its people” (4/6/2020)
(Australia) -- We talk to Ian Morris, naturalist and expert guest lecturer for Coral Expeditions, about meeting the Aboriginal communities of Australasia
article Indigenous people denounce missionaries targeting uncontacted tribes (3/11/2020)
(Brazil) -- Missionaries targeting uncontacted tribes in Brazil have announced that they will shortly start using a helicopter to convert previously unreachable tribes....
article Genetic researchers work to overcome suspicion among indigenous groups (2/15/2020)
(Arizona) -- In 2003, the Havasupai Indians of Arizona issued a banishment order against Arizona State University, forbidding researchers from setting foot on their...
article Japan lawmaker indicted on new casino-related bribery charge (2/2/2020)
(Japan) -- A Japanese lawmaker allegedly at the heart of a bribery scandal involving a Chinese gambling operator seeking to enter Japan's new casino market was...
article The TSA apologized after an agent pulled a Native American passenger's braid and said "giddyup!" during a pat down (1/18/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Native American woman Tara Houska says a TSA agent grabbed her braids, whipped them like reins and said "giddyup" while she was going through...
article Thieves stealing artifacts could hurt North Port's water supply (12/30/2019)
(Florida) -- North Port Police and The Florida Fish and WildLife Commission are investigating after several large holes were found along the Myakkachatchee Creek....
article Looters removing Native American artifacts along North Port creek (12/24/2019)
(Florida) -- North Port is known to have archaeological sites within its city limits but a recent discovery has some urging officials to put more restrictions in place...
article 2 convicted — one going to prison — for digging up artifacts at ONSR park (11/19/2019)
(Missouri) -- It's illegal to dig up arrowheads or other archaeological finds at any national park. But In 2017, national park investigators discovered an illegal...
article The Nefertiti Bust Meets the 21st Century (11/17/2019)
(Germany) -- It seemed like the perfect digital heist. The Nefertiti bust, created in 1345 B.C., is the most famous work in the collection of Berlin’s Neues Museum...
article The Ahwahnee is coming back: Yosemite settles lawsuits to regain trademarks (7/15/2019)
(California) -- After a years-long intellectual property legal battle, the names of several Yosemite lodges will be restored to their former glory. The private company...
article Reverence And Revelry (7/14/2019)
(Louisiana) -- "It's always been a representation of the pride of the neighborhoods," Big Chief Juan Pardo begins. "And it's always also been a...
article Artifact hunting appeals to people of all ages (6/29/2019)
(Ohio) -- Carson Stroupe knelt down and picked up what to the untrained eye looked like just another rock in the field. "I think I got one," the 11-year-old...
article ‘Small, but powerful’: All-Indian Center exhibit highlights cultural misappropriation (6/24/2019)
(Kansas) -- A small stream of donations is constantly coming into the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Some of these things make it into the museum, but not necessarily...
article How ‘pretendians’ undermine the rights of Indigenous people (4/2/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The day before Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, released the results of her DNA test last fall, the Los Angeles Times revealed another prominent...
article 23andMe’s New Diabetes Test Has Experts Asking Who It’s For (3/10/2019)
(USA) -- On Sunday, the DNA testing company 23andMe revealed a new genetic analysis that it says will tell its customers if they have an elevated risk of developing the...

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