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Cultural Appropriation

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...
article Dior pulls its 'tone deaf' Johnny Depp advert for its 'Sauvage' cologne after it is sparks outrage over its 'racial insensitivity' to Native Americans (8/30/2019)
(France) -- Dior has deleted ads from its social media accounts promoting its Sauvage fragrance after it faced a backlash because of its use of Native American culture....
article Dior’s Native American-themed campaign for Sauvage draws ire (8/30/2019)
(France) -- French luxury label Christian Dior posted a teaser for an upcoming fragrance campaign to Instagram earlier Friday and immediately drew charges of cultural...
article Lingerie company Yandy quietly removes Native American-themed costumes (8/18/2019)
(Arizona) -- An Arizona lingerie distributor has quietly removed one of its most offensive costume themes from its website, following years of protest from Indigenous...
article Native Americans to Boy Scouts: Stop Plundering Our Past (8/5/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- This year, the Boy Scouts of America's honor society, the Order of the Arrow, instituted a new policy: Scouts will no longer be allowed to dress...
article American Indian headdresses are banned at San Francisco's Outside Lands music festival (7/28/2019)
(California) -- American Indian headdresses have been banned at San Francisco's Outside Lands music festival, organizers have confirmed. The feathered head pieces,...
article 'American Indian Headdresses' Now Officially Banned At Outside Lands (7/26/2019)
(California) -- Cultural appropriation in the form of Native American headdresses has now joined the list of banned items at Outside Lands — meaning it's no...
article American Indian headdresses banned from Outside Lands festival (7/25/2019)
(California) -- Outside Lands is making it a little harder to be racist at its music festival this year. In the long list of banned items sent out to attendees last week...
article People cried when Yosemite restored historic names like the Ahwahnee. Here’s why (7/16/2019)
(California) -- The Ahwahnee Hotel was named in the 1920s. Curry Village dates back to the 19th century. So does the Wawona Hotel. These were iconic names in one of the...
article Yosemite to restore names to historic attractions under $12-million settlement (7/15/2019)
(California) -- The Majestic Yosemite can be called the Ahwahnee Hotel again. The National Park Service on Monday reached a $12-million settlement in a long-running...
article St. Louis Decertifies 5 Firms That Claimed Cherokee Ancestry to Get Minority Contracts (7/2/2019)
(Missouri) -- St. Louis has removed five businesses from its list of certified minority-owned firms. The move comes after those companies were featured in a massive L.A...
article Kim Kardashian just trademarked ‘Kimono.’ Let the backlash begin (6/25/2019)
(California) -- Kim Kardashian West launched a shapewear line Tuesday with the unfortunate name Kimono Solutionwear. Because Kim, get it? And so began another round of...
article Homage or Theft? Carolina Herrera Called Out by Mexican Minister (6/13/2019)
(New York) -- The stakes in the current debate around fashion, cultural appropriation and racism, in which a variety of brands from Gucci to H & M have been called...
article Historic business signs buck a politically correct world (5/26/2019)
(Colorado) -- In a battle of societal forces with homage to the past duking it out with adaption to en vogue politically correct aesthetics, honoring the past appears...
article Kickapoo Coffee founders plan name change after acknowledging unintended appropriation (4/28/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Owners of southwest Wisconsin’s specialty coffee roaster announced that after 14 years it will change the company name, citing appropriation as the...
article Finding the Beauty in Cultural Appropriation (4/20/2019)
(New York) -- “What beautiful cultural appropriation!” I turned in my seat to look at the fashion editor nodding in approval next to me at Lagos Fashion Week...
article Aloha Poke claim revives Hawaiian culture protections push (4/20/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops...
article OPINION | It's disrespectful for non-Indigenous artists to make a profit off our designs (4/14/2019)
(North Canada) -- Some will agree, some will disagree, some will be angry, others will learn, but this has been keeping me awake at night and giving me flashbacks to a...
article Cultural appropriation is one of fashion’s biggest problems (4/8/2019)
(Worldwide) -- Cultural appropriation is currently a prominent topic of conversation within the industry. While some brands are called out by the public and share...
46 Total Articles on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article This resort and space perfectly blended in majestic cliffs and rock formations in southern Utah (7/8/2019)
(Utah) -- This linear super-luxury resort and spa have perfectly been blended in the majestic cliffs and rock formations of southern Utah, United States.
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Sisseton Wahpeton

article Rodeo act draws scrutiny of Sisseton-Wahpeton tribal members (6/28/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Some members of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe say they're disappointed with a Native American-themed performance at this year’s Crystal...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article NAGLE: How ‘pretendians’ undermine the rights of Indigenous people (4/7/2019)
(Indian Country) -- The day before Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released the results of her DNA test last fall, the Los Angeles Times revealed another prominent...
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Other News

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...
article Why Graverobbers Won't Leave Native American Burial Sites Alone (3/4/2019)
(Indiana) -- FBI agents searching an Indiana house in 2014 were shocked to discover a hoard of 2,000 human bones likely stolen from Native American graves. The bureau,...
article Man who illegally dug up Native American artifacts gets 1 year in prison (3/1/2019)
(Nevada) -- A South Lake Tahoe man has pleaded guilty to charges of excavation and removal of archaeological resources from public lands after federal agents found tens...
article While seizing thousands of artifacts from an Indiana home, FBI makes "staggering" discovery (2/26/2019)
(Indiana) -- When the FBI showed up at Don Miller's home in rural Indiana in 2014 to seize part of his vast personal collection of artifacts, it was a shock for...
article Goa’s opposition party wants casinos banned (2/18/2019)
(India) -- State opposition party Goa Congress has urged the ruling coalition to remember their “forgotten promise” about a casino ban in Goa. Party...
article The Crash and Burn of Dolce & Gabbana (11/23/2018)
(China) -- Yesterday, Xiang Kai, a director and writer based in Shanghai, burned more than $20,000 worth of Dolce & Gabbana products, including coats, a vest and...

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