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Cultural Appropriation

4/26/2017

article Members of Native American Tribes Say Oregon Country Fair's "Story Pole" Is An Abomination
(Oregon) -- A wood-carved pole at the Oregon Country Fair is receiving pushback from members of Native American tribes. The "story pole" has been in the works...

4/20/2017

article Eskimeaux Change Name After Tanya Tagaq Confrontation
(USA) -- Gabrielle Smith is changing the name of her band Eskimeaux, following accusations by Polaris Prize-winning artist Tanya Tagaq and others that the word “...
article Eskimeaux Changes Name To Ó Following Criticism From Inuk Singer Tanya Tagaq
(New York) -- Brooklyn-based songwriter Gabrielle Smith has decided to change the name of her band, Eskimeaux, following criticism from Canadian Inuk throat singer Tanya...

4/18/2017

article Tanya Tagaq pushes U.S. band Eskimeaux to change its name
(Canada) -- Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq has convinced Brooklyn indie band Eskimeaux to swap out its name for one deemed more culturally sensitive. The Polaris Prize-...

4/4/2017

article 'No regard for the violent history of indigenous people': Brooklyn Beckham accused of 'disrespect' over 'meaningless' Native American tattoo
(UK) -- Brooklyn Beckham has come under fire over his 'disrespectful' first tattoo. The forearm inking, which directly mimics his father David's, is an...

4/3/2017

article American Tattoo Like His Dad’s, Comes Under Immediate Fire
(USA) -- On Sunday, Brooklyn Beckham got a new tattoo on his forearm. A day later, he’s fending off charges of cultural appropriation from Instagram users offended...

4/2/2017

article 'And we are done!': Brooklyn Beckham proudly unveils Native American tattoo as he loses his inking virginity
(UK) -- They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. And that's clearly true when it comes to Brooklyn Beckham , who followed in his father's footsteps...

3/26/2017

article Newest Adam Sandler Netflix Deal Includes Four New Movies
(California) -- According to the latest from Deadline Hollywood, there is a four-movie extension of the Adam Sandler Netflix contract through his company Happy Madison...

3/23/2017

article BLOG: Valentino didn’t learn anything.
(Rhode Island) -- A couple days ago I went to a TJ Maxx in Massachusetts, and my sister and I were oo-ing and ahh-ing over some gorgeous studded Valentino heels. I...

3/19/2017

article Opinion: Concerns of Cultural Insensitivity at Steele Indian School Park
(Arizona) -- The Lost Lake Festival, a 3-day music festival is coming to the Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix Arizona in October 2017. The Lost Lake Festival was...
article When is cultural appropriation OK? Never, say some Native Americans [audio]
(Washington) -- The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 makes it illegal to knowingly sell non-Native made goods as authentic Native American art or craft. More than 600...

3/7/2017

article BLOG: 10 Reasons Why Joseph Boyden is a Problem and Should Go Away
(Canada) -- If you’re reading this, you’re probably already well aware of the walking controversy that is Joseph Boyden. At times it might seem strenuous to...

3/6/2017

article Joseph Boyden: writers must be 'careful' on 'somebody else's turf'
(Canada) -- Acclaimed novelist Joseph Boyden, who has been dogged by controversy in recent months over his heritage and allegations that one of his short stories has...

2/24/2017

article Wear Now: Alanui's Native-American inspired cashmere cardigan
(UK) -- When summer is still a distant prospect and hibernation isn’t an option, reaching for the chicest knitwear you can find is the next best thing. Step...
article Joseph Boyden defends his story against allegations
(Ontario) -- It’s been a tough couple of months for the reputation of celebrated Canadian author Joseph Boyden. First his identity as an indigenous writer was...
article Similarities between Joseph Boyden story and Ojibway healer’s published work trigger questions
(Canada) -- Three Day Road author Joseph Boyden is facing questions over ‘intimate’ similarities found in a passage from one of his short stories and a piece...
article ‘Beyond coincidence’: Short story by Canadian author Joseph Boyden bears similarities to another work
(Saskatchewan) -- A celebrated Canadian author whose indigenous roots came under question this past winter is facing new scrutiny over similarities between a passage in...

2/18/2017

article From New York, to Paris, to D.C.: Native American fashion gains ground, in spite of stolen designs
(New York) -- As Fashion Week came to a close in New York on Wednesday, there were a few new designers showing just under the wire, and they weren’t run of the...
article Seminole Patchwork: Admiration And Appropriation
(Florida) -- Beginning Friday, the New York branch of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian will host the exhibit Native Fashion Now, a traveling...

2/17/2017

article Czech company backs down after using Maori symbols in pokie game
(New Zealand) -- A Czech Republic company has taken down its Maori themed gambling game after accusations of cultural appropriation. The game, titled "Maori",...
article Maori-themed online game removed after protests
(New Zealand) -- A Maori-themed online gambling game has been withdrawn by its Czech creators after protests that it breached Maori intellectual property.

2/15/2017

article Māori-themed online game removed by Czech firm after NZ protests over intellectual property
(New Zealand) -- A Māori-themed online gambling game has been withdrawn by its Czech creators after protests that it breached Māori intellectual property. The game,...

2/8/2017

article The Violence of Cultural Appropriation
(New York) -- Let’s talk about cultural appropriation and the art world, and let’s do it without abstraction or recourse to the symbolic. I want to turn...

1/20/2017

article Coppola’s creative take on Native American cooking
(California) -- Oh, what a fuss over fry bread. Poor Werowocomoco, that nice little cafe at Francis Ford Coppola’s new Virginia Dare Winery in Geyserville. Even...
article Interview with a dreamcatcher maker
(California) -- Before heading out of O.B. to a gem show in Arizona, Christian Fischer explained how he became a fabricator of dreamcatchers.

1/17/2017

article Opinion: It’s a culture not a costume
(Georgia) -- When the sun sets on Halloween night, ghouls and goblins come alive and trick-or-treaters dress themselves in the costumes and colors of other cultures.
article Against a Feathered Headdress: A Tale of Two Performance Festivals and Native American Voices
(New York) -- Two simultaneous performance events on January 8 revealed the gulf that still exists between certain New York art institutions in their approach to genuine...

1/12/2017

article Nude Artist Performs in Headdress; MoMA Apologizes, Creates Native Program
(New York) -- New York City’s Museum of Modern Art has apologized to the Native American community after attendees at a performance on January 8 were shocked and...

1/6/2017

article Minneapolis artist Rosy Simas protests nude performer wearing 'fake headdress'
(Minnesota) -- Local choreographer Rosy Simas saw a tweet congratulating New York’s American Realness Festival curator Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor for booking a...

12/22/2016

article Is Germany's 'Winnetou' reviving old Hollywood stereotypes?
(Germany) -- None of the Native Americans in the film are played by Native Americans, and Winnetou speaks the wrong language. That may not be controversial in Germany,...

12/18/2016

article BLOG: Racism, Author Accountability, and Nevernight
(Australia) -- This post is about Nevernight specifically my interactions with the author (along with some commentary) and a critique of passages from Nevernight.

12/12/2016

article J.K. Rowling criticized for culturally appropriating Native American culture in history of magic series
(USA) -- J.K. Rowling, acclaimed author of the Harry Potter series, created a multi-part background series on her website, Pottermore, detailing the history of magic in...

12/8/2016

article Opinion: ‘America is all about cultural appropriation’
(Kansas) -- I’d like to say a few words in defense of tacos and the Rolling Stones and your right to offend me. And my right to offend you. This comes up because...

12/5/2016

article How the Story of "Moana" and Maui Holds Up Against Cultural Truths
(Washington D.C.) -- I’ve said it before and I will say it again: the colonization of Pacific Islands is the greatest human adventure story of all time. People...

12/4/2016

article Native American costumes pulled from parade
(New Zealand) -- Up to 100,000 people attended the parade down Riccarton Road, lining the streets to watch the colourful floats and cultural demonstrations.

12/3/2016

article How to Shop for Native Fashion Without Being Culturally Appropriative
(USA) -- Urban Outfitters settled a five-year legal battle with the Navajo Nation last week that arose after the American brand released a line of products that...

11/21/2016

article Urban Outfitters Finally Settled Its Lawsuit With The Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Urban Outfitters has resolved its legal battle with the Navajo Nation at long last. Five years ago, the retailer landed in hot water with the Navajo Nation...

11/19/2016

article Urban Outfitters settles with Navajo Nation after illegally using tribe's name
(California) -- Urban Outfitters reached a settlement with the Navajo Nation after illegally using the tribe’s name for a collection that included “Navajo...
article $89 TeePee Now on Sale at Target
(USA) -- Just in time for Native appropriation for Thanksgiving and Christmas, Target is offering a gray and white “Southwestern Teepee” (as described on the...

11/17/2016

article Navajo Nation settles dispute over sale of unauthorized 'Navajo' products
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has reached a settlement with a major fashion retailer that sold "Navajo" products without the tribe's authorization. The...

11/15/2016

article Film Director Francis Coppola Opens Native American-Inspired Restaurant
(California) -- American film director Francis Coppola unveiled his new restaurant, Werowocomoco, located in the Virginia Dare Winery in Geyserville, California....

11/8/2016

article Zack from ‘Saved By The Bell’ apologises for ‘racist’ episode
(Hollywood) -- Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who played Zack Morris, has apologised for a ‘racist’ episode of cult ’90s show ‘Saved By The Bell’....

11/5/2016

article Francis Ford Coppola Assailed for ‘Cultural Appropriation’ at Native American Restaurant
(California) -- “Godfather” director Francis Ford Coppola’s new California restaurant doesn’t open until Saturday, but it’s already facing...
article Native American activist Adrienne Keene to speak on racism, cultural appropriation Nov. 10
(Colorado) -- Scholar, writer, blogger and activist Adrienne Keene will speak at Colorado State University about indigenous peoples in social media, responding to racism...

11/1/2016

article Native Americans still face racism across the US as Standing Rock protests continue
(USA) -- While Native American protesters were being pepper-sprayed, shot with beanbags and arrested en masse by law enforcement in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on...
article Celeb Halloween Costumes Lend Insult to Injury for Native Americans
(California) -- It seems like every Halloween one minor celebrity causes a social media kerfuffle. Last year, it was dancer and actress Julianne Hough unwisely choosing...
article Horrifying racists mock Native American protesters with #NoDAPL Halloween costumes
(USA) -- While some are using Halloween as an opportunity to make people laugh or pique the interest of a partner, some are using the opportunity to hurl racist insults...
article School's Trail of Tears Banner Apology Marred as Native, Slave, Mexican, Asian Pics Surface
(Ohio) -- In the wake of a “Trail of Tears” banner McClain High School cheerleaders displayed during a football game Friday October 28th against the...

10/31/2016

article DEER: Why your one day as a ‘sexy Indian maiden’ is dehumanizing
(Quebec) -- Sitting down at a sports bar on Saturday, I watched as the Florida State Seminole’s mascot galloped to centre field with a flaming spear in full...
article EXCLUSIVE: Halloween Costumes Blamed For Native American Suicides
(Virginia) -- Halloween costumes are being blamed for Native Americans committing suicide. A flier obtained by MRCTV shows aistm.org, the American Indian Sports Team...
article MIDGE: Politically Correct Alternatives to Culturally Insensitive Halloween Costumes
(USA) -- Have you been thinking about dressing up as Pocahontas, your favorite Disney princess, but feel like it wouldn’t be socially acceptable? Boy howdy, do I...
article NoDAPL Water Protector Halloween Costumes Hit Social Media
(Virginia) -- In the midst of the struggles faced by Native people on the frontlines of NoDAPL, some individuals have taken to social media, posting pictures of...
article Hilary Duff Addresses Native American, Pilgrim Halloween Costume: 'I Am So Sorry to People I Offended'
(California) -- Hilary Duff and new boyfriend Jason Walsh arrived at a Halloween party in Los Angeles Friday night (Oct. 28) in coordinated costumes. The singer dressed...
article Hillary Duff apologises for her Pilgrim costume and her boyfriend’s American Indian Halloween costume
(California) -- Hilary Duff and her boyfriend Jason Walsh attended the Casamigos Tequila Halloween Party in Beverly Hills, California on October 28, 2016 dressed as a...

10/30/2016

article Hilary Duff And Boyfriend Offend With Racist Pilgrim And Native American Costumes
(Hollywood) -- When it comes to former child stars, they either leave Hollywood as a hero or stick around long enough to become problematic.So goes the story of Hilary...
article Native-themed costumes under fire from activists
(Canada) -- Halloween is usually a time of fun for the whole family but Native groups in Montreal are upset over costumes that they are calling racist. “These costumes...

10/26/2016

article Francis Ford Coppola unveils new restaurant in Sonoma County
(California) -- Francis Ford Coppola announced Monday that he will locate his new restaurant at the Virginia Dare Winery in Geyserville, the acclaimed director’s...

10/21/2016

article Spirit Halloween store under fire for Native American-themed costumes
(Kansas) -- At Lawrence’s Spirit Halloween costume store, customers have their pick of spooky outfits. During the lunch hour Friday, shoppers drifted through...

10/19/2016

article Indigenous costumes won't be pulled off store shelves, Spirit Halloween says
(Manitoba) -- Despite repeated calls to stop selling costumes such as "Reservation Royalty," "Indian Warrior" and "Indian Princess" at...
article McCulloch's Costume Co. pulls 'racist' costumes with 'native' or 'Indian' on label
(Ontario) -- London’s iconic costume store pulled all stereotypical indigenous costumes from its shelves Wednesday in response to complaints that they’re...
article Regalia as a costume is insulting, Sask. Indigenous author says
(Saskatchewan) -- A Saskatchewan woman says putting Indigenous regalia into the category of a costume is a huge insult to her Indigenous history and culture.
article Stop selling 'racist garbage,' shop selling Indigenous Halloween costumes told
(Alberta) -- A company with locations across Canada is coming under fire in Edmonton for selling Indigenous-themed Halloween costumes described as "racist garbage....

10/17/2016

article Regina activists place warning labels on Indigenous Halloween costumes
(Saskatchewan) -- Halloween costumes depicting Indigenous women and girls in costume at a Regina store had warning labels thanks to some local activists. Spirit...

10/15/2016

article BLOG: JK Rowling’s Anti-Native ‘Magic’ Racism – And How Authors Can Do Diversity Better
(North Dakota) -- I came to the Harry Potter game late in life, kicking and screaming like the English major and literature snob I thought I was. I razzed the series and...

10/12/2016

article 'Stereotypes are offensive' expert says of 'Native American' costume
(Saskatoon) -- A Saskatoon Halloween store is under fire for selling an Indigenous theme costume, but so too is the young educator and activist who first raised the...
article Halloween store owner says he never meant to offer 'Native American' costume for sale
(Saskatoon) -- The owner of Spirit Halloween says the ‘Native American’ costume that has been criticized by a Saskatoon activist was not meant to be on...

10/11/2016

article Why You Should Say ‘No’ To Indian Costumes For Halloween
(USA) -- You see that cute little Indian costume for sale at a big-box retailer near you. It even has the two pretty black braids and a faux-leather dress. Baby girl...

10/10/2016

article Activist says she was escorted out of Halloween shop for calling out 'Native American' costume
(Saskatoon) -- A high-profile student and activist in Saskatoon says she was kicked out of a pop-up Halloween shop for calling out an offensive costume on sale in the...
article I told my daughter she can’t dress up as a Native American for Halloween. Here’s why.
(USA) -- My 8-year-old daughter is obsessed with American Girl dolls. She knows every doll’s name, pet’s name and horse’s name. And she’s...
article White Americans need to stop assuming Native American culture belongs to them, too
(USA) -- James Arthur Ray was at the top of his game in 2009. He’d fashioned himself into a celebrity self-help guru, becoming a darling of the television talk...

9/25/2016

article ASK N NDN: J.K. Rowling’s Take on Native Culture Is Dangerous
(UK) -- J.K. Rowling, with the release of the Ilvermorny School and Magic in North America stories on her website Pottermore, has joined the long list of people who...

9/22/2016

article Disney pulls 'Moana' costumes for children amid cultural appropriation uproar
(California) -- Disney is pulling from sale a number of children’s items tied to its upcoming release “Moana” amid controversy over whether they are...
article Placid scene may replace NY village's controversial logo
(New York) -- A 20-year-old college student's design is being considered to replace an upstate New York village's official logo, which appears to show a white...

9/21/2016

article 'Reservation Royalty,' 'Indian Princess' Halloween costumes hit Winnipeg shelves
(Canada) -- "Reservation Royalty," "Indian Princess" and "Indian Warrior" Halloween costumes being sold in a Winnipeg store are offensive,...
article Saami accuse a Danish jeweler of 'stealing' traditional designs
(Alaska) -- Since 2005, Steen Björvig's firm has produced a line of bracelets fashioned of silvered tin wire and leather, and decorated with such items as gold and...

9/16/2016

article MORON ALERT: Iowa high school basketball team featured on controversial Native American-themed poster
(Iowa) -- Clarke (Osceola, Iowa) High School's mascot is the Indians. That doesn't mean the school should appropriate Native American culture. The Clarke girls...
article Gin takes it on the chin as Inuit complain of images used in sales pitch
(Canada) -- An Inuk journalist originally from North West River says a brand of gin is guilty of cultural appropriation, and even though the company offered up an...
article Native American tribe predicts comet will destroy Earth ‘in the near future’… and so far their predictions have been terrifying accurate
(USA) -- A NATIVE American tribe with a track record of predictions coming true has claimed a comet will destroy Earth “in the near future”. The Hopi tribe...

9/15/2016

article High school basketball poster dubbed 'insensitive'
(Iowa) -- A girls high school basketball team poster is causing a stir in southern Iowa. The poster features the 2016 Clarke basketball team in headdresses and war paint.

9/14/2016

article Author Lionel Shriver dons a sombrero to lament the rise of identity politics in fiction
(Australia) -- Lionel Shriver, the Orange Prize–winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin, is turning heads with her latest speech.

9/13/2016

article Native American with a twist as YUMA launches 2017 designs
(Trinidad and Tobago) -- YUMA, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s large costume bands, is going Native American with a touch of Europe, Africa and India for Carnival...

9/10/2016

article Opinion: As Lionel Shriver made light of identity, I had no choice but to walk out on her
(Australia) -- I have never walked out of a speech. Or I hadn’t, until last night’s opening keynote for the Brisbane writers festival, delivered by the...

9/2/2016

article Totem Vodka and Indigenous Cultural Appropriation
(British Columbia) -- Cultural appropriation generally refers to the adoption of traditional practices, objects, or images by a person or group that is not part of the...

8/30/2016

article O’Donnell: Appropriating is the new football
(Iowa) -- In four days, the population of Iowa City will substantially grow as thousands pile into Kinnick Stadium to watch the inaugural kickoff of the 2016 Hawkeye...
article Headdress controversy points to bigger problems, First Nations educator says
(Montreal) -- A Montreal teacher's decision to hand out construction paper headdresses on the first day of classes points to the need for improved awareness and...

8/23/2016

article Concert-goers wearing imitation war paint offensive, poet laureate says
(Nova Scotia) -- Halifax's poet laureate, Rebecca Thomas, is speaking out after a group of people attended a A Tribe Called Red concert at the Marquee Club in...

8/18/2016

article Is it ever OK for a white person to wear a feather headdress?
(USA) -- Every year, at music festivals across the country, white people come equipped with flash tats, face paint, sunscreen, bottles full of vodka water and,...

8/5/2016

article Ask N NDN: ‘Hipster School Supplies List’ Trends: Appropriation Comes to Mind
(Virginia) -- Wednesday morning on Twitter saw the trending of the hashtag #HipsterSchoolSuppliesList, to which I immediately thought: Native cultural appropriation.

8/3/2016

article A Navajo Artist Breaks Down His Tribe’s Urban Outfitters Lawsuit
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo, like many Native American tribes, have a rich cultural history. One great expression of the Southwestern native culture comes through the...

7/26/2016

article Memorial or misappropriation? Strong reaction to Yellowknife art installation
(Northwest Territories) -- A haunting art installation on Yellowknife's Tin Can Hill is proving as controversial as it is mysterious, as residents debate its merits...

7/25/2016

article HILTZIK: Who owns the Crazy Horse strip club trademark? A federal court holds its nose and weighs in.
(California) -- Trademark disputes typically make for yawn-inducing prose, but not when they involve a nationwide battle over strip clubs. More precisely, a nationwide...
article Spiritual Vultures: Films Explore Cultural Appropriation by New Agers
(California) -- “This is a very sacred kiva,” says the late Thomas Banyacya, Hopi Traditional Spokesman, pointing to an ancient sacred site at Casa Rinconada...

7/22/2016

article Brewer criticised for using Māori images on bottles
(New Zealand) -- Birkenhead Brewing Company used the names of Te Arawa ancestors Tutanekai and Hinemoa from Rotorua on two of their beer labels.

7/18/2016

article Art, appropriation and the damaging economic effect on Indigenous artists
(British Columbia) -- On a recent trip to her local farmers market in Victoria, B.C., poet and broadcaster Janet Rogers was surprised to see a non-Indigenous artist...

7/16/2016

article Art, appropriation and the damaging economic effect on Indigenous artists
(British Columbia) -- On a recent trip to her local farmers market in Victoria, B.C., poet and broadcaster Janet Rogers was surprised to see a non-Indigenous artist...
article It's Almost Totally Legal for Designers and Retailers to Appropriate Navajo Culture
(USA) -- Urban Outfitters won a partial victory in the case that the Navajo Nation filed against it four years ago, Fashion Law reports. The nation sued Urban Outfitters...

7/15/2016

article Fashion's Appropriation of Navajo Culture Has Been Deemed Legal
(USA) -- This week, The Fashion Law reported that Urban Outfitters has won the most recent round of the trademark case filed against them by the Navajo Nation back in...

7/14/2016

article TLC’s ‘Gypsy’ Wedding Is Offensive to Romani, Too
(UK) -- I wasn’t surprised that “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” crossed this particular line and featured “Native-inspired” headdresses and...

7/12/2016

article Urban Outfitters Wins Latest Round in Navajo Nation Case
(Arizona) -- Urban Outfitters has been handed yet a partial victory in the latest round of the trademark case that the Navajo Nation filed against it four years ago....

7/9/2016

article Native Headdresses in TLC’s ‘Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding’?
(Virginia) -- The reality series My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding will be hitting the airwaves on July 17th and according to a TLC press release, the show’s gypsy...

7/8/2016

article J.K. Rowling's Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry draws criticism from Indigenous fans
(Canada) -- Fans of J.K .Rowling have anxiously been waiting for more information on the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the North American school which...
article MORON ALERT: My Big Fat Native American Gypsy Wedding?
(USA) -- TLC announced late last month that their over-the-top Swarovskipalooza reality series My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding would be back on July 17, and it looks...

7/2/2016

article OP/ED: Disband This Appropriations Committee
(Kentucky) -- Entertainment Tonight online posted an item Tuesday that I just could not let slide. I could, but it's not in my nature. Not unlike people who take the...
article 'Magic gets organized when the white people show up': Critics blast JK Rowling for appropriating Native American culture in new series
(UK) -- Author JK Rowling has been accused of appropriating Native American culture in her new writings on the Pottermore website and her critics are becoming even more...
article BLOG: J. K. Rowling’s Unfortunate Attempts at Globalization
(USA) -- I remember many years ago seeing a 60 Minutes interview with J. K. Rowling where she showed “Box 1” full of her notes for the Harry Potter books.

7/1/2016

article Pottermore problems: Scholars and writers call foul on J.K. Rowling’s North American magic
(USA) -- A few months ago, when J.K. Rowling released “A History of Magic in North America” on the Pottermore website, Native critics, scholars, readers and...

6/28/2016

article Vanessa Hudgens accused of cultural appropriation
(California) -- On Monday, the “Grease” actress shared a style snap on Instagram in which a dreamcatcher hung from her brunette waves. “Chin up,...

6/27/2016

article MORON ALERT: Star Wears Dreamcatcher
(Hollywood) -- Vanessa Hudgens was accused of cultural appropriation on Monday after she posted a photo of herself wearing a dreamcatcher as a headpiece. See right and...

6/18/2016

article Budweiser Faces Another Lawsuit Over Culturally Offensive Beer Ad
(North Carolina) -- This week, the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina filed a suit against Anheuser-Busch and its distributor for using the tribe’s official logo and...

6/17/2016

article Native American Tribe Is Suing Budweiser for Stealing Its Slogan
(North Carolina) -- Assuming a group of people support you is never really a great move — just ask Donald Trump. This is a lesson beer maker Anheuser-Busch learned...

6/15/2016

article Fake Sioux, Cheyenne, Dakota Dances Thrive in South America
(South America) -- Tens of thousands of South Americans gather on July 16 every year in a small town in the Atacama desert for a ceremony witnessed by almost 200,000...

6/2/2016

article The Today show slammed for 'cultural appropriation' after Steven Jacobs wears Native American headdress and speaks with an Indian accent
(Australia) -- After a gradual drop in the ratings over the past few weeks, the Today show has now come under fire for its controversial weather segment on Thursday...
article Today in hot water over ‘Indian’ skit
(Australia) -- THE Today Show faced a viewer backlash this morning after weather presenter Steve Jacobs presented a segment as an “Indian” in Native American...
article Cultural Appropriation in Fashion: NativeAmericanJewelry.com Urges People to Support Culture
(Arizona) -- In a recent campaign to shine awareness on the issue of cultural appropriation in the fashion community, Teen Vogue released a video that embraces cultural...

5/30/2016

article Okanagan Indian Band says Ogopogo children's book 'misappropriates' culture
(British Columbia) -- The chief of the Okanagan Indian Band is accusing Dorothy Hawes of cultural misappropriation. Hawes, a Victoria teacher and author, met with a...

5/24/2016

article New MAC cosmetics collection called out on Twitter for cultural appropriation
(Canada) -- The company's website says the line is influenced by summer festivals, but with product names such as Arrowhead, Wild Horses, Call of the Canyon and...

5/23/2016

article Navajo Nation Designer: Support Us, Not Racist Urban Outfitters
(Arizona) -- OxDx, a brand from Arizona run by a member of the Navajo Nation, makes clothing that deals with Native issues and is a brand worth supporting.

5/20/2016

article Urban Outfitters Wins Partial Victory Over Navajo Nation in Trademark Dispute
(New Mexico) -- Urban Outfitters executives may spend the weekend partying in their infamous “Navajo Hipster Panties” and sipping from “Navajo Flasks...
article 2 counts dismissed in Navajo case against Urban Outfitters
(New Mexico) -- A federal judge has dismissed two counts in a lawsuit the Navajo Nation filed against clothing retailer Urban Outfitters Inc. U.S. District Judge Bruce...

5/19/2016

article “This is art about genocide” Native community pushes back against Scott Seekins
(Minnesota) -- “If Scott Seekins had taken photos of Auschwitz and inserted himself into those photos, I can’t even imagine the moral outrage,” said...
article Navajo Can Seek Per-Product Damages In TM Suit, Judge Says [sub req]
(New Mexico) -- A New Mexico federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid to limit potential damages available to the Navajo Nation for claims under the Indian Arts and...

5/16/2016

article 2 counts dismissed in Navajo case against Urban Outfitters
(New Mexico) -- A federal judge has dismissed two counts in a lawsuit the Navajo Nation filed against clothing retailer Urban Outfitters Inc. U.S. District Judge Bruce...
article Urban Outfitters Beats Navajo Nation's TM Dilution Claims [sub req]
(New Mexico) -- Urban Outfitters partially dodged a trademark suit lodged by the Navajo Nation when a New Mexico federal judge on Friday tossed trademark dilution claims...

5/14/2016

article COLUMN: When "Chief Runs with Paws" is anything but cute
(Canada) -- We received the request on Twitter Friday morning. It read, "Can CBC As it Happens do an investigation on who signed off on this at Hamilton Collection...

5/13/2016

article When "Chief Runs with Paws" is anything but cute
(Canada) -- We received the request on Twitter Friday morning. It read, "Can CBC As it Happens do an investigation on who signed off on this at Hamilton Collection...

5/9/2016

article MAC Cosmetics Says New Summer Collection Isn’t Appropriating Native American Culture
(USA) -- MAC Cosmetics recently released its new summer collection, called Vibe Tribe, and supposedly it's an ode to summer-music-festival fashions and colors. But...

5/6/2016

article Gallery under fire over use of Native American imagery
(Minnesota) -- An upcoming gallery exhibition in Minneapolis is drawing opposition for its use of Native American imagery. The show, called "The New Eden,"...
article Scott Seekins' Great Sioux Uprising series draws ire from Native community
(Minnesota) -- Scott Seekins is no stranger to controversy, but some say he’s gone too far with his latest exhibition, “The New Eden,” opening on May...

4/28/2016

article Native American 'Teen Vogue' Model Daunnette Reyome on Cultural Appropriation in Fashion
(USA) -- Teen Vogue recently featured seven young women of color in an illuminating video on its website about cultural appropriation. The models interviewed included a...

4/26/2016

article HOPKINS: Kardashians Are the Queens of Playing NDN
(North Dakota) -- In the past week, Kourtney, the oldest sister of the infamous Kardashian clan, has doubled down on racism against Natives. She posted an Icelandic...

4/25/2016

article The Meaning Behind Your Native American Zodiac Animal Sign
(USA) -- Indigenous cultures contain meaningful symbols for just about every animal you can think of. In the interest of keeping this article an article and not turning...

4/23/2016

article MAC Swears New ‘Vibe Tribe’ Collection Wasn’t Inspired By Native Americans, Internet Scoffs
(USA) -- With summer festival season in full swing and music lovers gearing up for the second weekend of Coachella, we’re unfortunately sure to see people sporting...

4/22/2016

article MAC's New Collection Called Out For "[Grossly] Playing Into the ‘Tribal’ Stereotype"
(USA) -- Let's face it, time and time again brands are being called out for cultural appropriation. Within the last two weeks, this was the case for retailers like...

4/19/2016

article Native American-themed food cart causes controversy
(Oregon) -- A new food cart just south of Bandon has drawn controversy for its name and logo, the Bandon Western World reports. The nearly two-month-old cart, opened by...
article ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ EP Defends Native American Jokes: ‘Intention Is Not to Offend’
(Hollywood) -- Robert Carlock tells TheWrap he and Tina Fey want “to be part of an important conversation” On “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” the...
article ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ Reality Check: Did First Redskins Coach Really Fake Being an American Indian?
(Hollywood) -- Yes, William “Lone Star” Dietz was the NFL team’s first coach — and his background has been questioned. (Spoiler alert: Please do...

4/18/2016

article Bandon's Pow Wow Fried name causes controversy. Should it?
(Oregon) -- Food truck owner threatened with lawsuit because name could be offensive to Native AmericansFood truck owner threatened with lawsuit because name could be...

4/11/2016

article BLOG: 'Dsquaw' Indicative Of Industry That Turns Prejudice Into Profit
(Canada) -- On February 24, two weeks after Dean and Dan Caten, co-founders of Dsquared2, signed on with the Hudson's Bay Company to design Team Canada's outfits...
article Free People festival line slammed for cultural appropriation
(USA) -- We're not sure exactly when "festival style" became a whole separate kind of clothing, but it's happened. With the legendary Coachella Valley...

4/9/2016

article Now You can Play Indian for $450 Per Night – Two Night Minimum
(Florida) -- Playing Indian has never been so glamorous now that Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo announced the expansion of its lodging offerings with the...

4/8/2016

article RUSSELL: Huge Navajo Win for All Tribes: Exploiters of Tribal Names Slapped Down
(Texas) -- The Navajo Nation has scored a significant victory regarding a legal issue that has been an ongoing irritation to many Indian nations: the use of tribal names...
article Free People accused of 'disgusting cultural appropriation' over its new Native American-inspired 'festival' collection
(UK) -- It's nearly that time of year again for Coachella, a week when music fans jam out, celebrities don their hippie best, and — like clockwork — Free...

4/7/2016

article MORON ALERT: Milo Yiannopoulos’ Plan to Wear Native American Costume to Yale Causes Chaos
(Connecticut) -- Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos has caused a stir on Yale University’s campus for his plan to give a lecture on cultural appropriation in...

4/6/2016

article J.K. Rowling’s history of magic: Inspiring or offensive?
(USA) -- Potions and powers and fantastical spells are what make young adults flip through J.K. Rowling’s stories of magical wizards. Yet Rowling has recently...

4/4/2016

article Navajo Nation Victorious in Latest Round Against Urban Outfitters
(Arizona) -- The most recent development in the Navajo Nation v. Urban Outfitters case came by way of a federal judge in New Mexico clearing the way for the Navajo...

4/1/2016

article Tribe Can Seek Potentially Millions From Urban Outfitters
(Arizona) -- A federal judge cleared the way for the Navajo Nation to seek potentially millions of dollars in its 2012 lawsuit over Urban Outfitters' use of the...

3/22/2016

article 'The Love That Split The World' Sparks Debate Over Depiction Of American Indians
(USA) -- Children's literature might be for young people, but young adult novels often tackle difficult topics. Moreover, the children's literature and young...

3/21/2016

article J.K. Rowling under fire for new fiction on aboriginal 'magic'
(Edmonton) -- Author J.K. Rowling is under fire for equating North American aboriginal traditions with the magical characters in her famed Harry Potter series. "She...

3/19/2016

article The Rantin’ Raven: Harry Potter and the… WTF?
(USA) -- Anyone who’s been following me here (thanks, by the way) knows I can occasionally be a bit insensitive on certain current issues from gender-fluidity to...
article What J.K. Rowling’s New Story Can Teach Us About Cultural Appropriation
(USA) -- After leaving Harry Potter fans to subsist on rereads and tiny snippets about Professor McGonagall from Pottermore for what felt like decades, J.K. Rowling has...

3/17/2016

article Of the North's distributor apologizes to Inuit community
(North Canada) -- The distributor of Dominic Gagnon's film of the North, which has been panned by critics as painful and racist, has apologized to the Inuit...

3/16/2016

article MAILHOT: White Magic Woman J.K. Rowling: Go Away; Time to Disappear
(New Mexico) -- Enter J.K. Rowling: a well-meaning white lady whose work, “History of Magic in North America,” debuted with some criticism concerning its...
article The Colonization Effect In Rowling’s Magical American History
(USA) -- Cultural stereotypes aren’t the most uncommon thing in the original Harry Potter series, from the redheaded Weasleys’ abundance of children and...
article US textbooks contain more Native American fantasy than JK Rowling's fiction books do
(USA) -- Famed author JK Rowling has been in the news of late. Her recently released History of Magic in North America stumbles over a number of insensitive cultural hot...

3/15/2016

article Native People Respond to Jason Aaron's SCALPED and JK Rowling's Magic in North America
(USA) -- On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, Native America Calling's show was "It's Like Muggles Writing About Wizards." Native America Calling provided this...
article Paquette: J.K. Rowling lifts Indigenous traditions but ignores history
(Canada) -- A social media firestorm is sweeping across the newsfeeds of Harry Potter fans and Indigenous people in North America. It stems from J.K. Rowling’s...

3/12/2016

article Harry Potter author criticized for 'phoned-in' Native American descriptions
(South Dakota) -- Taté Walker goes beyond fandom when it comes to Harry Potter. She's dedicated time and resources to following the books and movies.
article J.K. Rowling's History of Magic in North America draws criticism for cultural appropriation
(Canada) -- J.K. Rowling, the British author of the popular Harry Potter series, is facing criticism from fans about a new series of online short stories called History...

3/11/2016

article Native Americans to J.K. Rowling: We’re Not Magical
(USA) -- In Peter Pan, Tiger Lilly and her tribe are part of the magical landscape of Neverland. In Twilight, some Quileute people are born with the ability to turn into...

3/10/2016

article J.K. Rowling's latest wizardry prompts criticism from Native Americans
(USA) -- While Harry Potter fans worldwide have breathlessly awaited J.K. Rowling’s latest installment that explores her universe of witches and wizards, the best-...

3/9/2016

article Paiute Tribal Council responds to Cedar High drill routine
(Utah) -- The Tribal Council of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah stated its disappointment in Cedar High School’s Mohey Tawa drill team for performing a dance...
article J.K. Rowling Accused of Cultural Appropriation In Her Depiction of Native American Wizards
(USA) -- In the run-up to the Harry Potter-universe film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling is releasing a four-part history of magic in North America...
article J.K. Rowling borrowed a Navajo legend for her new story. Is that okay?
(USA) -- In an anxiously anticipated new story, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has transported her world of magical wizarding across the Atlantic...
article J.K. Rowling's story of wizarding in North America angers some Native Americans
(USA) -- While some American "Harry Potter" fans were ecstatic over J.K. Rowling's new writing about "the history of magic in North America," her...

3/8/2016

article J.K. Rowling’s Magic in North America
(UK) -- Rowling’s first piece uncovers the world of Native American wizards and sets the scene for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Plus new details on the...
article JK Rowling’s New Series Blasted as ‘Cultural Appropriation’ on Social Media
(USA) -- “You can’t just claim and take a living tradition of a marginalized people. That’s straight up colonialism/appropriation,” writes one...

3/7/2016

article J.K. Rowling's Portrayal Of Native Americans In New Harry Potter Stories Is Angering Fans
(USA) -- J.K. Rowling is releasing a new set of Harry Potter stories that focus on magic in North America, but her portrayal of Native Americans is angering some who say...

3/4/2016

article CULTURE VULTURES: Yosemite name changes stir anger online toward Delaware North
(California) -- Anger at Buffalo’s Delaware North is building online after the National Park Service and the new Yosemite National Park concessionaire changed the...

2/26/2016

article MORON ALERT: Dsquared2 apologizes to indigenous peoples for '.dsquaw' collection
(Canada) -- The company chosen to design Team Canada's Olympic clothing has sent a letter to CBC North apologizing to indigenous peoples of Canada for a collection...

2/24/2016

article The Woman Behind Marlon Brando’s 1973 Oscars Protest Says Hollywood Still Sucks
(Hollywood) -- In the 70s, Sacheen Littlefeather refused to accept the Academy Award for Best Actor on behalf of Marlon Brando. Forty-three years on, the Native American...

2/23/2016

article MORON ALERT: Indigenous Olympians react to choice of '.dsquaw' designers for Canada's Olympic clothing
(Canada) -- Indigenous former Olympians are registering their disappointment with the selection of Canadian fashion designers Dsquared2 as designers for Team Canada'...

2/22/2016

article Rooney Mara weighs in on Pan Tiger Lily whitewashing debate
(Hollywood) -- Even before Joe Wright’s live-action retelling of Peter Pan hit theaters, the production came under fire for casting Rooney Mara as the Native...

2/17/2016

article BLOG: It's Time to Hang Up Your Native American "Costume"
(Washington) -- The above incident happened this Halloween at the Rhino Room on Capitol Hill last October. The young woman and her boyfriend "went as Indians,...
article State Of The Tribes Focuses On Stereotypes, Need For Improved Education About Native History
(Wisconsin) -- Members from all of Wisconsin's Native American tribes gathered at the state Capitol Tuesday for the annual State of the Tribes address. After a march...

2/13/2016

article BLOG: Navajo Nation's Trademark Suit Against Urban Outfitters Proceeds; But Should It?
(USA) -- Alright, this one has me more than a bit puzzled. We've written here before about Urban Outfitters, which has previously been on the receiving end of...

2/12/2016

article Houska: Boy Scout Koshare Dancers Need to Stop Stealing From Natives
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s an honor. Respect. Appreciation. Tradition. You just don’t understand. So go the familiar excuses made for appropriating culture to...

2/9/2016

article Is it time for Alaskans to stop using the word 'Eskimo'?
(Alaska) -- After Alaska Airlines unveiled a new look for its airplanes and website, many Alaska Natives took offense to a phrase in its new marketing campaign, which...

2/2/2016

article Things to know about Navajo Nation, Urban Outfitters dispute
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is seeking potentially millions of dollars from Philadelphia-based company Urban Outfitters Inc. over clothing, jewelry and other...

1/29/2016

article Alaska Airlines apologizes, removes ‘Meet our Eskimo’ phrase from website
(Alaska) -- After an outcry from members of the Alaska Native community, Alaska Airlines has removed the line “Meet our Eskimo” and replaced it with “...
article “I Have a Dream (Catcher)”: Responses to Cultural Appropriation
(Indiana) -- As the former Director of Education at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, I am mindful of issues related to...

1/27/2016

article BLOG: On Apache Pizza and the Globalization of American Indian Cultural Appropriation
(Ireland) -- This was it…I had finally made it to Ireland! As an American, it had always been my dream to travel abroad and tour Europe. At the age of 25, I was...

1/25/2016

article How you can legally try the Peruvian psychedelic ayahuasca
(Washington) -- Every year thousands of climbers risk their lives trying to summit Mount Rainier. But if altitude isn’t your thing, now you can confront your fear...

1/20/2016

article Rebecca Taylor Inexplicably Releases ‘Navajo’ Collection
(New York) -- Did Rebecca Taylor just pull an Urban Outfitters? The New York-based designer has launched a "Navajo" collection featuring pieces with intricate...
article Controversy erupts over Peter Nabokov's publication of "The Origin Myth of Acoma Pueblo"
(New Mexico) -- In an article published at the end of 2015 in Hyperallergic, a popular online arts magazine, on the 20 most powerless people in the art world, the...

1/19/2016

article Delaware North holds fast in legal battle as Yosemite renaming stirs up storm
(New York) -- Delaware North isn’t backing down in the face of the bitter criticism stirred up by the National Park Service’s decision to rename some of the...

1/16/2016

article Name changes for Ahwahnee Hotel and other Yosemite attractions draw outrage
(California) -- There was widespread outrage Friday over news that the Ahwahnee Hotel and other Yosemite National Park landmarks soon would be renamed amid a legal...

1/15/2016

article Manning: When Media Promotes Offensive Indian Stereotypes
(USA) -- The cover of a popular magazine is catching the attention of Native American parents, writers, educators, and proponents of cultural awareness.

1/13/2016

article AussieBum's Australia Day underwear 'disrespectful' to Indigenous people
(Australia) -- Underwear brand AussieBum’s new Australia Day collection has been criticised for being “disrespectful” to Indigenous people. The brand...

1/11/2016

article Native American Studies Professor Heather Shotton On Modern Native Identity
(Oklahoma) -- Blowback against the long-standing use of Native American mascots highlights issues of identity and cultural appropriation. Supporters of using Native...

1/8/2016

article MORON ALERT: Nez Perce Did Not Give Horse Club Blessing to Play Indian at Rose Parade, Tribe Says
(California) -- A horse club that participated in the Rose Parade in California Friday received the blessing of the Idaho-based Nez Perce Tribe to dress as Indians, a...

1/7/2016

article Chris Hemsworth criticised for cultural appropriation after dressing up in traditional Native American accessories
(UK) -- Chris Hemsworth has been criticised after a photo of him dressed in traditional Native American attire was posted by his wife, the actress Elsa Pataky. The image...

1/5/2016

article How Ancient Native American Rock Art Is Tearing a California Town Apart
(California) -- At 1.2 million acres, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake is the largest parcel of land owned by the US Navy. It fills an expanse of remote and rugged...

1/4/2016

article Hopis say Boy Scout performances make mockery of tradition, religion
(New Mexico) -- For decades, Boy Scouts from Southern Colorado have been performing Indian dances during the holiday season at the Koshare Indian Museum in La Junta,...
article South Africa's 'Native American' fetish is a very strange thing
(South Africa) -- When you dine at South Africa’s most popular family restaurant, you'll be joined by Soaring Eagle, Buffalo Brave and Buttercup, a grinning...
article Advertising watchdog dismisses complaint about ‘racist’ 7-Eleven Slurpee ad
(Australia) -- Australia’s advertising standards authority has dismissed a complaint against an advertisement for 7-Eleven’s Kiwi Berry Slurpee that was...

1/3/2016

article South Africa's 'Native American' fetish is a very strange thing
(South Africa) -- When you dine at South Africa’s most popular family restaurant, you'll be joined by Soaring Eagle, Buffalo Brave and Buttercup, a grinning...
article Avengers Star Chris Hemsworth and Wife Dress as Indians for New Year’s Party
(USA) -- Three days after Avengers’ Thor actor Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky hosted a New Year’s party and Pataky posted a photo to Instagram of...
article BLOG: Windwalker Dorn, Nominated For A WHAT?
(USA) -- The season of the Grammy nominations are out, and one is "Windwalker Dorn" who is nominated under "Best Regional Roots Music Album" which is...

1/2/2016

article Totem Topple Review
(USA) -- Publishing your first ever game on a console is undeniably a particularly exciting time. It is a proud moment met with anticipation, that largely swirls around...

12/31/2015

article Chris Hemsworth New Year’s Eve costume party sparks outrage, likened to ‘blackface’
(Australia) -- CHRIS Hemsworth and wife Elsa Pataky are facing backlash from fans after dressing up as Native Americans for a Wild Wild West-themed New Year’s Eve...

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