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BLOG: Yandy’s Native American Costumes Perpetuate Violence Against Indigenous Women

Every year, Indigenous peoples become fatigued by the cycle of genocide. Each stereotype a reminder of the endless violation of consent upon Indigenous Nations by the U.S. and agents of White Supremacy. While I’ve grown exhausted, addressing the same dissent against stereotypes that violate my personhood year after year, I have moved beyond awareness, now working to understanding why non-Native consumers remain invested in anti-Indigenous stereotypes.

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Cultural Appropriation

9/18/2019

article The Koshare museum raises money and its ‘Native’ dancers perform even after being told they shouldn’t
(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...

9/17/2019

article The Tribe of Mic-O-Say dance teams regularly perform’ in ‘Native-style regalia’
(Virginia) -- When searching the Boy Scouts of America website for ‘Mic-O-Say’ the website says “Sorry nothing to display,” However, after...

9/16/2019

article Order of the Arrow is a ‘secret’ scout society ‘in the spirit of the Lenni Lenape’ - a Lenape leader disagrees
(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...

9/15/2019

article Boy Scouts ‘have been one of the worst culprits’ of cultural appropriation
(USA) -- The Boy Scouts ‘origin story’ has claimed ‘Native teachings and spawned several factions claiming American Indian lore. Perhaps known, or...

9/13/2019

article Dior Finally Says No to Sauvage
(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...

9/12/2019

article OP-ED: Going native: The scent of racism
(Indian Country) -- In late August, the chic French luxury brand Christian Dior debuted an ad campaign for its fragrance referencing Native Americans. A number of...

9/10/2019

article Americans for Indian Opportunity 'deeply regrets' participation in Dior campaign
(Hollywood) -- Americans for Indian Opportunity released a statement Sept. 4 addressing their involvement in the controversial Christian Dior perfume campaign. The...
article Johnny Depp Defends Native American-Themed Dior Ad After SJWs Denounce It As Racist
(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
(Hollywood) -- I'm sure you've heard about the controversial spot for Dior's "Sauvage" brand of perfume with Johnny Depp. Since this particular...

9/9/2019

article Johnny Depp Defends Dior Campaign: 'It's a Pity That People Jumped the Gun'
(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...

9/8/2019

article Johnny Depp Says Dior 'Sauvage' Film Was Made "With Great Respect" for Native Americans Following Backlash
(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...

9/6/2019

article Why Dior’s Appropriation of Native Identity to Sell Perfume Miserably Backfired
(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 Jennifer Aniston's InStyle Cover Causes Backlash
(Hollywood) -- The 'Morning Show' star appears on the magazine's Beauty Issue with dark skin, which InStyle claims was inspired by German model Veruschka.

9/5/2019

article A Nonprofit-Corporate Alliance Goes Horribly Wrong in a Preventable Way
(USA) -- NPQ has reminded its readers repeatedly that care must be taken when allowing your organization’s name to be associated with a corporate brand. “But really,”...

9/4/2019

article Americans for Indian Opportunity ‘deeply regrets’ participation in Dior campaign
(Oklahoma) -- Americans for Indian Opportunity released a statement today addressing their involvement in the controversial Christian Dior perfume campaign. The...
article Johnny Depp: row over Dior ad and Native American culture is more nuanced than you think
(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
(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...

9/3/2019

article Dior Pulls Depp Ad Amid Native American Backlash
(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
(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
(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...

9/2/2019

article Johnny Depp’s Dior Ad Co-Star Tanaya Beatty Speaks Out, Encourages Him to Donate to Native Cause
(USA) -- Tanaya Beatty, Johnny Depp’s co-star in a short film promoting luxury brand Dior’s fragrance Sauvage, has spoken out about the controversial...

9/1/2019

article Dior 'Sauvage' ad with Johnny Depp is making the internet cringe: 'Misappropriation of Native American culture'
(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...

8/31/2019

article Dior Deletes Johnny Depp Sauvage Ad Amidst Backlash for Native American Depiction
(France) -- Twitter users called out the actor, who has stated his Native American ancestry and was adopted by the Comanche tribe, for his appearance in the fragrance...
article Dior ad featuring Johnny Depp as a Native American slammed for 'cultural misappropriation'
(USA) -- Dior has taken down the latest advert of its Sauvage fragrance featuring actor Johnny Depp after it received heavy backlash from social media users over its...

8/30/2019

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
(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 thought a ‘Sauvage’ perfume ad with Native Americans was a good idea. Not everyone agreed.
(France) -- The ad seemed like something that would be unlikely to be approved in the turbo-charged era of race and social media in which we live. But there it was, on...
article Dior’s Native American-themed campaign for Sauvage draws ire
(France) -- French luxury label Christian Dior posted a teaser for an upcoming fragrance campaign to Instagram earlier Friday and immediately drew charges of cultural...

8/18/2019

article Lingerie company Yandy quietly removes Native American-themed costumes
(Arizona) -- An Arizona lingerie distributor has quietly removed one of its most offensive costume themes from its website, following years of protest from Indigenous...

8/7/2019

article Exhibition of First Nations headdresses explores issues of diversity and cultural appropriation
(Montreal) -- Tahatie Montour has been making traditional Haudenosaunee headdresses for over a decade and says his skills could transfer to another profession. "A...

8/5/2019

article Native Americans to Boy Scouts: Stop Plundering Our Past
(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...

7/31/2019

article Countering Cultural Appropriation Through Trademark Laws
(USA) -- Recent controversy surrounding Kim Kardashian’s truncated move to trademark the term “Kimono” for her new line of undergarment shapewear has...

7/28/2019

article American Indian headdresses are banned at San Francisco's Outside Lands music festival
(California) -- American Indian headdresses have been banned at San Francisco's Outside Lands music festival, organizers have confirmed. The feathered head pieces,...

7/26/2019

article 'American Indian Headdresses' Now Officially Banned At Outside Lands
(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...

7/25/2019

article West Texas ghost town bubbles up with luxurious new glamping experience
(Texas) -- As if Dallasites need another reason to visit West Texas, a new glamping experience is bubbling up just outside of Big Bend National Park. Located in the...
article American Indian headdresses banned from Outside Lands festival
(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...

7/21/2019

article Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox Responds To Heckler Accusing Him Of Cultural Appropriation
(Washington) -- Bradford Cox is known to pull some weird stunts. Back in 2012, he covered “My Sharona” for an hour straight at an Atlas Sound show. Yesterday...

7/17/2019

article Minority inclusion programs need to be monitored
(Missouri) -- The recent decision by St. Louis officials to remove five businesses from its list of certified minority-owned businesses due to allegations that the...

7/16/2019

article People cried when Yosemite restored historic names like the Ahwahnee. Here’s why
(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...

7/15/2019

article Yosemite to restore names to historic attractions under $12-million settlement
(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...

7/8/2019

article St. Louis officials move to take away 5 area firms' Native American minority designation
(Missouri) -- City officials have moved to take away minority contractor status from five area companies whose owners claimed Native American ancestry but aren’t...

7/2/2019

article Native American minority contracts are under scrutiny as officials vow strict enforcement
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal and state lawmakers and regulators have called for inquiries and tighter minority-certification rules after a Times investigation found more...
article St. Louis Decertifies 5 Firms That Claimed Cherokee Ancestry to Get Minority Contracts
(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...

6/28/2019

article Some argue Wichita's flag steals prominent symbol from NM state flag
(Kansas) -- A little bit of a controversy surrounding the Wichita flag surfaces with a complaint from New Mexico. The Zia symbol is cherished in New Mexico and displayed...

6/26/2019

article Let's Fix All The Bird Logos In Pro Sports
(USA) -- There are 12 teams across the Big Four leagues named after birds, and to be honest, it’s a pretty raw deal for the birds. The teams get, for free: an...

6/25/2019

article Kim Kardashian just trademarked ‘Kimono.’ Let the backlash begin
(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...

6/13/2019

article Homage or Theft? Carolina Herrera Called Out by Mexican Minister
(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...

5/26/2019

article Historic business signs buck a politically correct world
(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...

5/23/2019

article MORON ALERT: Hotel throws Native American-themed party during Cannes Film Festival
(France) -- A Cannes hotel hosted a tone-deaf Native American-themed party Wednesday night that featured models in traditional headdress and scantily clad men wearing...

5/20/2019

article Yes, cultural appropriation can happen within the Indigenous community and yes, we should be debating it
(Canada) -- For decades, Indigenous artists and arts administrators have worked tirelessly to make room for and hold up Indigenous creativity. So, it is difficult...

5/12/2019

article Indigenous Music Awards arrive under cloud of cultural appropriation controversy
(Winnipeg) -- The Indigenous Music Awards will take the Club Regent Event Centre stage May 17, pushing several compelling stories into the spotlight. It’s the 12th...

5/11/2019

article Whee In and Hwa Sa's mistake on their matching tattoos
(South Korea) -- MAMAMOO's Whee In and Hwa Sa, with a friendship of 10 years,got matching tattoos on their neck that says "Caddo" believing that it means...

4/28/2019

article Kickapoo Coffee founders plan name change after acknowledging unintended appropriation
(Wisconsin) -- Owners of southwest Wisconsin’s specialty coffee roaster announced that after 14 years it will change the company name, citing appropriation as the...

4/20/2019

article Finding the Beauty in Cultural Appropriation
(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
(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...

4/18/2019

article Citing Appropriation, Kickapoo Coffee Announce They Will Change Names
(Wisconsin) -- Southwest Wisconsin’s Kickapoo Coffee have announced that after 14 years in existence, the specialty coffee roaster will change names. In a...

4/17/2019

article Kickapoo Coffee to change name due to cultural appropriation concerns
(Wisconsin) -- A Wisconsin coffee company has decided to change its name due to concerns over cultural appropriation. Kickapoo Coffee announced Wednesday the decision to...

4/14/2019

article OPINION | It's disrespectful for non-Indigenous artists to make a profit off our designs
(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...

4/8/2019

article Cultural appropriation is one of fashion’s biggest problems
(Worldwide) -- Cultural appropriation is currently a prominent topic of conversation within the industry. While some brands are called out by the public and share...

4/3/2019

article Cree musician won’t withdraw album with Inuit throat singing from the Indigenous Music Awards
(Alberta) -- A Cree woman accused of cultural appropriation for including throat singing on her new album won’t withdraw it from the Indigenous Music Awards...
article Indigenous Music Awards, facing boycott over cultural appropriation, stands by controversial nomination
(Canada) -- The Indigenous Music Awards says it will work to address cultural appropriation concerns in response to a boycott by several Inuit artists, but the...

4/2/2019

article Inuit artists threaten boycott of Indigenous Music Awards over cultural appropriation
(Canada) -- An allegation of cultural appropriation has Inuit artists threatening to boycott the upcoming Indigenous Music Awards (IMA). Throat singers Kelly Fraser and...

3/26/2019

article MORON ALERT: ‘Anger and horror’ as white woman grabs Native American’s sacred regalia and starts dancing
(Colorado) -- A non-native woman attending the Denver March Powwow grabbed Native American gear and danced around in it, reported 9 News. Several cameras captured the...
article 7 More Reasons to Stop Using the Word “Shaman”
(USA) -- Following the post “6 Reasons to Stop Using the Word Shaman,” I decided to clarify some of the more controversial points of contention and add some...

3/25/2019

article Wausau School Board candidate's deleted Native American dance video called 'traumatizing'
(Wisconsin) -- A Wausau School Board candidate has come under harsh criticism after an online video showed him parodying Native American dance while shaking a hand drum...

3/21/2019

article Anchorage antique broker sold carvings as Alaska Native art, actually carved them himself, prosecutors say
(Alaska) -- A well known Anchorage antique dealer is being charged with federal crimes, after an investigation by multiple agencies revealed he was selling carvings he...

3/20/2019

article Is a new copyright law a ‘colonization of knowledge’?
(Wyoming) -- In the wake of a sweeping music copyright law that went into effect in October, some historic Indigenous songs, stories and languages could be released to...

3/11/2019

article BLOG: 6 Reasons To Stop Using the Word “Shaman”
(USA) -- One of my biggest pet peeves is when people use the word shaman out of context. I see it as a huge problem within the pagan, witchcraft, and New Age communities...

3/9/2019

article I Tried 'Wellness Coworking' and It Made Me Feel Profoundly Alone
(New York) -- The first time I enter The Assemblage, I am late to meet the Empath. The Empath is one of the many perks of The Assemblage, which is less a coworking space...

2/25/2019

article Redface, like blackface, is a sin of white supremacy
(Indian Country) -- Blackface is a damnable blot on the nation’s history. Today many Americans recognize it, belatedly, as the abomination it always was. Redface,...
article House creates first ever Tribal Affairs committee
(Alaska) -- The Alaska House of Representatives created its first ever Special Committee on Tribal Affairs. The House passed a resolution 37-1 to create the committee...

2/14/2019

press release Cultural And Intellectual Property Appropriation: Disputes Over Culturally-Inspired Fashions
(USA) -- If you haven't heard already, New York Fashion Week is here! As usual, a lineup of awe-inspiring shows is expected to roll out over the next several days,...

2/12/2019

article Cultural and Intellectual Property Appropriation: Disputes Over Culturally-Inspired Fashion
(New York) -- If you haven’t heard already, New York Fashion Week is here! As usual, a lineup of awe-inspiring shows is expected to roll out over the next several...

2/1/2019

article 5 charged in sale of fake Native American goods
(New Mexico) -- Authorities say five men and two New Mexico businesses raked in millions of dollars as they peddled faux Native American goods from a factory in the...

1/30/2019

article The Culture Is For Everybody, Says Monogram Hunters Big Chief Pie
(New Orleans) -- Tambourines ring and sewing needles fly with particular intensity during the weeks leading up to Carnival Day as the Mardi Gras Indians prepare for the...

1/26/2019

article Montreal real estate project under fire for first contact marketing campaign
(Montreal) -- A real estate project in a Montreal neighbourhood has raised eyebrows over the use of first contact imagery of First Nations in its advertising campaign....

1/10/2019

article Residents of Navajo reservation are asked if 'cultural appropriation' bothers them. Leftists won't like their answers.
(Arizona) -- Will Witt of PragerU took a recent trip to a Navajo reservation in Window Rock, Arizona, to find out from residents what they think about issues such as...

1/8/2019

article Man claiming to be Indian chief at I-69 meeting is not a chief, advocacy group says
(Kentucky) -- Could a Native American burial ground put the brakes on a billion-dollar project in the Tri-State? Officials are looking into it. Could a Native American...
article Some question Indian chief's claims of Native American burial ground in Henderson County
(Kentucky) -- The second of two public meetings about the I-69 Crossing Project was held Tuesday night in Evansville giving Indiana residents a chance to give their...

1/7/2019

article Ask Amy: He’s not Native American but pretends to be
(California) -- My mother is adopted. She believed that her biological father was part Native American. As a child with lots of trauma, I completely understand why this...

1/5/2019

article Winnipeg path to receive new name after city told using Anishinaabe word for eagle won't fly
(Winnipeg) -- The bike and pedestrian trail known as the North Winnipeg Parkway is getting an Indigenous name, this time chosen through a traditional naming ceremony. In...

12/29/2018

article Ask Amy: Brother promotes nonexistent Native American heritage
(USA) -- Dear Amy, My mother is adopted. She believed that her biological father was part Native American. As a child with lots of trauma, I completely understand why...

12/26/2018

article ‘It’s absolutely inappropriate’: Sports-team totem poles draw the ire of Native American activists
(USA) -- Totem poles were first created by the indigenous people of North America’s Pacific Northwest as a way to document their history, with each massive carving...

12/14/2018

article BOOK: Native Modern
(Massachusetts) -- Conjure of a Native American. Modern Americans might first think of American Indians as relics of the past, their memory consigned to kindergarten...
article The X-Men's Magic Native American Security Guard Was Likely a Bad Idea
(Internet) -- In Remember to Forget, we spotlight comic book stories that I wish I could forget, but I can’t, so I instead share them with you all!

12/5/2018

article Kate Middleton's favourite boho designer Alice Temperley is accused of cultural appropriation after she and and her father don Native American headdresses
(London) -- The Duchess of Cambridge's favourite boho designer Alice Temperley has kicked up a sartorial storm by declaring it is just fine and dandy to wear Native...

11/30/2018

article Ricky Martin accused of cultural appropriation after posting headdress photo
(Florida) -- Less than a week after comedian Kevin Hart was met with accusations of cultural insensitivity after throwing his son a Cowboys-and-Indians-themed birthday...

11/24/2018

article Kevin Hart and wife Eniko are called out for throwing 'culturally insensitive' Cowboys & Indians birthday party
(Hollywood) -- Kenzo Kash Hart turned one the day before Thanksgiving, and his parents decided to celebrate the occasion by throwing a theme party for the youngster....

11/23/2018

article Rookie Winnipeg councillor's claim of being a 'proud Huron-Wendat woman' under scrutiny
(Manitoba) -- Rookie Winnipeg city councillor Sherri Rollins's claim of being "a proud Huron-Wendat woman" is under scrutiny because she's not a member...

11/18/2018

article Controversial hallucinogenic drug use explored in TV series
(Kentucky) -- "Kentucky Ayahuasca," a TV show that explores the administration of a controversial hallucinogenic drug via a shamanic healer based in...

11/9/2018

article Smudge away bad vibes with pretty Thanksgiving sage bundles
(Arizona) -- Sometimes Thanksgiving dinner has a reputation for being contentious, especially when it coincides with election season.

11/7/2018

article Every Time People Accused the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show of Cultural Appropriation
(USA) -- The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is barely more than 24 hours away and, while we can’t wait to see all of our favorite models hit the stage, it...

10/31/2018

article How Racism Against Native People Is Normalized, From Mascots to Costumes
(California) -- I am Dena’ina Athabascan and Unangan (Aleutian), an Alaska Native living in California. As a Native person, there is not a day that passes where I...
article Native Halloween Costumes Are Offensive, Support Native Designers Instead
(USA) -- In this op-ed, writer Valerie Reynoso breaks down the social and emotional impact of Native Halloween costumes on the Native community, and argues that shoppers...

10/30/2018

article MORON ALERT: UFC fighter under fire for ‘racist’ Native American promo video
(Colorado) -- A UFC fighter came under fire Tuesday for a promo video he posted on Twitter, which shows him throwing tomahawks and mimicking a stereotypical Native...
article DANIEL: I'm An Indigenous Woman, & This Is What I Think Of Your "PocaHottie" Costume
(USA) -- Halloween is coming, and so are the costumes. Like in our dreams, Halloween is the one time a year people can act out their true desires unchallenged by...
article “Native American” costumes harm indigenous communities, activists say
(Arizona) -- Lingerie company Yandy made headlines this fall for releasing, and later pulling, a sexy “Handmaid’s Tale”-inspired costume from its...

10/29/2018

article City of Edmonton urges employees to choose respectful Halloween costumes
(Alberta) -- The City of Edmonton has issued guidelines to its employees, asking them to think twice before wearing a Halloween costume to work that could be offensive...

10/28/2018

article Thousands Demand Spirit Halloween Stop Selling Native American Costumes
(USA) -- A new petition online is begging Spirit Halloween to stop carrying Native American costumes, as they are seen as offensive cultural appropriation. Native...

10/27/2018

article Sexy Native American costumes draw protesters to Valley firm
(Arizona) -- Amanda Blackhorse, grasping burning sage in one hand and a bullhorn in the other, prepared to protest at a costume company’s Phoenix headquarters....
article Debate Erupts Over Halloween Costumes Crossing Racial Lines
(Minnesota) -- When Colorado attorney Jeff Schwartz asked his 7-year-old son what he wanted to dress as this Halloween, the answer was clear: his favorite movie...
article Moana actress says it's OK for kids to dress up as her Disney character for Halloween
(Hollywood) -- Auli’i Cravalho, the Hawaii-born actress who voices the title character in the hit Disney film "Moana," is encouraging fans of all...

10/26/2018

article Debate erupts over Halloween costumes crossing racial lines
(Arizona) -- When Colorado attorney Jeff Schwartz asked his 7-year-old son what he wanted to dress as this Halloween, the answer was clear: his favorite movie superhero...

10/25/2018

article Fake turquoise jewelry is hurting Native Americans economically
(New Mexico) -- In a courtroom in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in early May, dozens of Native Americans spanning a handful of tribes gathered in solidarity. They had come to...
article Protesters call for end to ‘hottie’ Native American costumes based on stereotypes
(Arizona) -- Amanda Blackhorse, grasping burning sage in one hand and a bullhorn in the other, prepared to protest at a costume company’s Phoenix headquarters....
article “Spunky Squaw” Won’t Change its Racist Name Despite Pleas from Native Americans
(Texas) -- The owner of an online boutique says she “took so much time” in deciding to call it “the Spunky Squaw” that she won’t change the...

10/24/2018

article Name of student-owned boutique at the center of controversy
(Texas) -- Tarleton State University senior Brooke Adams, has recently been surrounded by controversy over the name of her online boutique, The Spunky Squaw, which was...
article Texas Online Store's Racist Company Name Angers Indigenous People
(Texas) -- An Instagram boutique based in Stephenville caused a storm on social media last week over their name, "The Spunky Squaw," which eventually led to...

10/23/2018

article Indigenous regalia: more than feathers and beads
(Pennsylvania) -- Ashton Dunkley is a member of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape, an indigenous tribe in Bridgeton, New Jersey. But that does not mean she wears feathers,...

10/15/2018

article McCarthy dismissive of report about in-law's 'Cherokee' minority contracting work
(California) -- Congressman Kevin McCarthy's office is dismissing as a "charade" a Los Angeles Times report that a company owned by his wife's family...
article SBA Shrugs Off Report That House Majority Leader's In-Law May Have Misused Small Business Contracts
(Washington D.C.) -- The program for contractor set-asides to boost Native American small businesses may have been misused by the brother-in-law of House Majority Leader...

10/14/2018

article House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s family benefited from U.S. program for minorities based on disputed ancestry
(California) -- A company owned by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s in-laws won more than $7 million in no-bid and other federal contracts at U.S. military...

10/12/2018

article BLOG: Yandy’s Native American Costumes Perpetuate Violence Against Indigenous Women
(Arizona) -- Every year, Indigenous peoples become fatigued by the cycle of genocide. Each stereotype a reminder of the endless violation of consent upon Indigenous...

10/10/2018

article Activists Marched On Yandy Asking Them To Stop Making Native Costumes
(USA) -- Here on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, problematic costume company Yandy once again solidified their position as Least Socially Conscious busines of 2018. The...

10/6/2018

article Native American and Pocahontas themed costumes called to be removed from online retailer
(Arizona) -- Online retailer Yandy.com are experiencing another wave of controversy against an item listed on their website: the Tribal Trouble Native American costume....

10/4/2018

article Petition to pull Yandy's 'sexy Native American' Halloween costumes gains steam
(Arizona) -- Halloween may be weeks away, but an online petition with over 12,500 signatures is gaining momentum in its cry against Yandy’s “sexy Native...

10/1/2018

article These costumes objectify Native American women. Retailers won’t stop selling them.
(Internet) -- The online retailer Yandy quickly pulled a Halloween costume from its website on September 20 after critics said it made light of rape. Clearly inspired by...

9/28/2018

article Unpacking The Bleak, Vague Ending Of Netflix's Hold The Dark
(Internet) -- After watching the extraordinary Wyoming-set movie Wind River last year, I emerged from the theater completely certain I fulfilled my lifetime quota of...

9/22/2018

article People Petition That Offensive "Indian Costumes" Be Removed From Yandy Costume Website
(USA) -- Earlier this week, people called out the clothing and costumes website Yandy for its “Sexy Handmaid’s Tale” Halloween costume. Following the...

9/19/2018

article Yes, Cultural Appropriation Is an Issue in the Bike Industry
(Worldwide) -- In the last several weeks, the discussion of cultural appropriation has (finally) reached the cycling world. In late July, Czech brand Apache Bicycles...

9/9/2018

article After outcry from actual witches, Sephora’s “Starter Witch Kit” is canceled
(USA) -- Last week, the news that the perfume brand Pinrose planned to launch a “Starter Witch Kit” in Sephora this October caused a backlash among...

8/4/2018

article How A Hawaiian Family Suffered When A Chicago Chain Trademarked Native Words
(Hawaii) -- Last week, Tasha Kahele, a Native Hawaiian who now lives in Alaska, was forced to change the name of her small business because it used two Hawaiian words...
article Native Hawaiian groups fight back against Chicago eatery going after island poke shops
(Hawaii) -- Several Native Hawaiian advocacy groups announced on Thursday that they are building a legal case against a Chicago eatery that trademarked the words "...

8/3/2018

article Native Hawaiian group considers suing Chicago company over ‘Aloha Poke’ feud
(Hawaii) -- A Native Hawaiian advocacy group is considering a lawsuit of its own against a Chicago restaurant chain that trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and...

8/1/2018

article Aloha Poke Co. Says It’s Protecting Assets as Native Hawaiians Claim Tone Deafness
(Illinois) -- Chicagoans and Hawaiians alike continue to react to the controversy surrounding Aloha Poke Co., the Chicago-born restaurant chain whose attorneys sent...
article White-Owned Poke Restaurant ‘Bullies’ Native Hawaiians with Lawyers Over the Term ‘Aloha’
(Illinois) -- A restaurant in Chicago has angered many Hawaiians after claiming the word “Aloha” as its own and sending cease and desist letters to other...

7/25/2018

article City Council adopts change to Madison's flag, $2.09 million in TIF to Exact Sciences
(Wisconsin) -- Madison’s City Council approved a modification to the city’s flag Tuesday, officially removing a sun symbol that is sacred to a Native...
article Op-Ed: Stop Buying "Native Inspired" Designs
(USA) -- When graphic designer Vernan Kee received an invitation to the winter Outdoor Retailer market in January 2017, he jumped at the chance to attend, hoping the...

7/17/2018

article In Red Ink / Beyond appropriation
(Washington) -- Goya’s prints depicting atrocities against Spanish peasants in the French invasion of 1814 are the first examples of “protest art.”...

7/11/2018

article MORON ALERT: The Czech Republic's Apache Bicycles looks to grow outside its native market
(Czech Republic) -- The 17-year-old Czech Republic brand, Apache Bicycles, made its first Eurobike appearance here this year, as the brand looks to expand outside its...

7/8/2018

article The Block NZ contestant appropriates Native American culture in first episode
(New Zealand) -- The Block NZ's seventh season has started under a cloud of controversy after contestant Chlo Hes appeared to culturally appropriate Native American...

7/5/2018

article Made in China: Actor Eugene Brave Rock slams knock-off Indigenous art sold in airport
(Calgary) -- Criticism of a Calgary store over “fake” Indigenous art for sale is touching off a conversation about knock-off Indigenous artwork in Alberta....

6/24/2018

article Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto panel talks cultural appropriation
(Ontario) -- Earlier this month, some of the world's top Indigenous fashion designers shared their collections at the inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto.

6/7/2018

article Fake Pensacola Mayoki Indians tribe sparks outrage on social media
(Florida) -- Wearing neon feathered headdresses and leg wraps with skimpy outfits and war paint, the fictitious Mayoki Indians tribe has taken part in Pensacola Mardi...
article American Museum of Natural History Sells Native Headdress for $999
(New York) -- The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is being accused of misappropriation for selling a $999 headdress.

6/6/2018

article Proposed changes to Madison's flag would remove Zia Pueblo sun symbol
(Wisconsin) -- Under a proposed modification to Madison’s official city flag, a sun symbol that is sacred to a Native American tribe in New Mexico would be...

5/25/2018

article White woman accused of appropriating Maori culture with her chin tattoo: 'It's not acceptable'
(New Zealand) -- A New Zealand life coach has been taken to task over her controversial face tattoo, which she has been accused of using to help boost her business....

5/19/2018

article A dressing down for dressing up: behind the internet row over a student’s cheongsam choice
(USA) -- A high school student in Utah decided to wear a cheongsam to her prom. Everyone went wild after one person labeled her a culture appropriator on Twitter. Why?
article Cultural appropriation: Sometimes it's so blatant it smacks us in the face, other times it can be a total minefield
(USA) -- Let’s get this out of the way: I am a straight, white, middle-aged man, so what follows you may take with a pinch of salt or disregard completely. But we...

5/17/2018

article 2 UI trustees visited Peoria tribe's new chief
(Oklahoma) -- As a campus effort to bridge the divide over Chief Illiniwek continues, two University of Illinois trustees quietly flew to Oklahoma last week to meet with...

5/12/2018

article Dentist apologizes for 'ignorant and offensive' ad
(North Carolina) -- A Raleigh dentist is apologizing for an ad she called "ignorant and offensive" that ran in a local magazine. Dr. Jill Sonner with...

5/11/2018

article ‘Whitening’ Dentists Now Mortified They Dressed Up As Cultural Stereotypes
(North Carolina) -- A trio of white North Carolina dentists got chewed up on social media for a controversial “whitening” ad that shows them dressed in...

4/27/2018

article Student government declares teepee-like structure ‘culturally insensitive’ and ‘not tolerable’
(California) -- At the University of Southern California, a somewhat teepee-like structure that was not actually a teepee was recently declared “culturally...
article USG addresses structure on campus deemed culturally insensitive
(California) -- The Undergraduate Student Government released a statement Thursday addressing a tent structure resembling a teepee that was originally set up at McCarthy...

4/21/2018

article SD Comic Fest 18’: Cultural Appropriation; When It Is and Is Not Done Right
(California) -- In media and the culture at large, we’ve seen Native American identities used as sport team mascots, Sean Connery play a Japanese man in You Only...

3/30/2018

article Is Damien Hirst’s Latest Series a Ripoff of an Aboriginal Australian Artist? See the Works Side-by-Side
(California) -- Some in Australia believe that Damien Hirst’s latest series, titled the “Veil Paintings,” looks strikingly familiar—perhaps, too...

3/29/2018

article Native American imagery is everywhere but understanding lags behind
(Washington D.C.) -- Native imagery is embedded in the national subconscious, whether we're paying attention or not. A new exhibit at the National Museum of the...
article Damien Hirst Denies Ripping Off Female Aboriginal Artists—Was ‘Unaware’ of Their Work
(California) -- Lots of art looks (and sounds and reads) like other art, which is why fine artists and musicians and authors periodically lob accusations of “...
article NM FAST Entrepreneur Works to Combat Fraud in Native American Art Market
(New Mexico) -- It’s not hard to call up images from memory – or Google – of New Mexico jewelry. Zia symbols, squash blossoms, Zuni needlepoint, thick...
article 'Uncanny similarity': new Damien Hirst works in spot of bother in Australia
(Australia) -- The paintings in a new exhibition by the British artist Damien Hirst have raised eyebrows in Australiafor bearing an “uncanny similarity” to...

3/24/2018

article Mayor unapologetic after Wildfoods Festival uses promotional photo of woman in Native American headdress
(New Zealand) -- The Hokitika Wildfoods Festival is under fire for using a promotional photograph of a woman in a Native American headdress with a Māori headband. But...

3/23/2018

article Exhibit by controversial artist Jimmie Durham opens at Remai Modern this weekend
(Saskatchewan) -- The first major exhibit to be installed at the Remai Modern opens to the public this weekend, and the art gallery is not shying away from the...
article Remai Modern defends artist whose Indigenous heritage has been questioned
(Saskatchewan) -- The Remai Modern's director is defending the decision to feature a retrospective of Jimmie Durham's work. The world-renowned artist self-...

3/19/2018

article Investigators Crack Down on Fraudulent Native American Jewelry
(New Mexico) -- When U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agent Russell Stanford intercepted a shipment of counterfeit jewelry from the Philippines, he didn’t...

3/13/2018

article Yonge Street store settles complaint over sale of racist Native Halloween costumes
(Ontario) -- Yonge Street retailer Spirit Halloween has quietly settled a complaint filed with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario alleging some of its Aboriginal-...

3/11/2018

article Mattel in dispute over unibrow-less Frida Kahlo Barbie
(Mexico) -- Toy-maker Mattel was in a dispute Thursday with a distant relative of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo over rights to a Frida Barbie doll released as part...

3/10/2018

article 'Indianthusiasts': Uncovering Germany's obsession with First Nation culture
(Germany) -- For years, Ojibway author and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor heard that some Germans are so fascinated by First Nation culture that they throw festivals...

3/9/2018

article The tricky way Facebook spammers plagiarize and get away with it
(Worldwide) -- Spammers in Kosovo and Vietnam are plagiarizing articles by and for Native Americans, swapping in Cyrillic characters to avoid being detected and using...

2/28/2018

article BLOG: Native American Culture at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
(California) -- Disney animated cartoons as far back as the silent Alice Comedies shorts in the 1920s featured caricatured stereotypes of Native Americans, and people...

2/23/2018

article Protesters stand against 'Paint the Hall Chief' night at Illini game
(Illinois) -- Nearly 100 demonstrators stood outside the main entrance to the State Farm Center chanting, “Down with the Chief,” and holding signs demanding...

2/22/2018

article OP/ED: Cultural appropriation on full display in Wisconsin and beyond in form of mascots
(Wisconsin) -- Last month, the Cleveland Indians voted to remove their Chief Wahoo imagery from their uniforms effective next year. Cleveland’s Chief Wahoo and...

2/20/2018

article Offensive Or Not? ‘Black Panther’ Fictional Wakanda Translates as ‘God’ to Some Tribes
(Indian Country) -- As the Black Panther movie is breaking box office records all over the real world of Earth, there is a fictional world in the Marvel Universe that...

2/14/2018

article Lotto warned about using cultural appropriation
(New Zealand) -- The Lotteries Commission (Lotto) recently released an augmented reality (AR) app to coincide with Chinese New Year. The app links to an instant kiwi...

1/29/2018

article Designer Zuhair Murad criticised for cultural appropriation
(UK) -- Fashion designer Zuhair Murad has been criticised for cultural appropriation during the catwalk for his spring/summer 2018 collection. Models were spotted...

1/25/2018

article Did Designer Zuhair Murad Just Appropriate Indigenous Cultures?
(Paris) -- First racism. Now appropriation. Turns out Couture Fashion Week is just as filled with scandal and controversy as it is with impeccably crafted gowns. On...

1/21/2018

article Alaska Native group slams a planned shamanism event
(Alaska) -- An Alaska Native group spoke out Friday against a shamanism retreat, saying the event commercializes and exploits the spiritual healing practices of...
article This New Jersey-raised man wants to hold expensive ‘shamanic retreat’ in Juneau. Alaska Native leaders are not having it.
(Alaska) -- An Alaska Native leader has asked a non-indigenous shaman to cancel a pricey retreat to Juneau which she says amounts to cultural theft and the...
article ‘Native Medicine’ Facebook page sparks debate about cultural appropriation
(Alaska) -- At the end of last year, a Facebook page dedicated to traditional medicine sparked a conversation about appropriateness and appropriation. The page, called...

1/20/2018

article The delicate art of cultural appropriation in design
(Indian Country) -- There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about the appropriation of material culture by fashion designers – brands using the cultural...

1/10/2018

article Panel of youth artists to discuss cultural appropriation and artistic resistance
(Ontario) -- A panel of youth artists will lead a discussion on Wednesday in Toronto about cultural appropriation and how Indigenous artists use their work as a form of...

1/4/2018

article London police officer apologizes for blackface incident
(Ontario) -- A London police officer has apologized for dressing up in tribal garb and painting her face brown for a Halloween event 11 years ago, an action that Chief...

12/31/2017

article Cher Will Not Apologize for 'Half-Breed'
(USA) -- On December 22nd, 2017, through the stream of ALL CAPS and proliferate emojis that is Cher’s twitter account, this burst forth: It’s been going for...

12/25/2017

article YA Writer Accused Of Mendacity About Credentials And His Native Heritage
(USA) -- On Aug. 10, PEN Center USA named John Smelcer’s Young Adult novel as one of four finalists for the Literary Award in the YA category. Just two weeks later...

12/24/2017

article Chilkoot group calls for an end to ‘fake Native art’ in Haines
(Alaska) -- Citing the spread of what they called "fake Native art" displayed in Haines, several Chilkoot Alaska Natives will draft a policy on how they expect...

12/15/2017

article Annihilation's Director Says He Didn't Know About His Film's Whitewashing Problems
(Australia) -- Alex Garland's upcoming scifi spectacle Annihilation looks absolutely stunning and it's set to star a cast of fantastic lead actresses as they...

12/9/2017

article Open letter accuses non-Indigenous artist of cultural appropriation
(British Columbia) -- A B.C. artist is defending herself against accusations leveled in an open letter signed by prominent Indigenous artists, that she is appropriating...

12/5/2017

article Native American student group accuses Polynesian dance group of ‘appropriating Hawaiian and Tahitian culture’
(Connecticut) -- An “all-female Polynesian dance group” at Yale University stands accused of “appropriating Hawaiian and Tahitian culture,” with...

12/1/2017

article Hey, Victoria's Secret: Cultural Appropriation Isn’t Hot. It's Wrong.
(Indian Country) -- The fashion industry is in a vicious cycle. It uses and abuses Native imagery from cultures the world over. This promotes stereotypes and minimizes...

11/29/2017

article What Can Tiffany’s Mosaics Teach us about Stereotypes?
(Illinois) -- The Corning Museum of Glass, in Corning, New York, is currently hosting an exhibit featuring Louis C. Tiffany’s glass mosaics—perhaps less well...

11/27/2017

article MORON ALERT: Victoria’s Secret does it again: Cultural appropriation
(China) -- Much as artists, musicians and writers are influenced by the world around them, so too are fashion designers. The fashion industry has a long history of...
article 'Learning to move forward': Artists, dancers grapple with issues of cultural appropriation
(Saskatoon) -- Remember that grainy, viral online video last summer of the Saskatoon Ukrainian dance troupe performing an Indigenous powwow routine? It sparked a heated...

11/22/2017

article Victoria's Secret Appropriates Indigenous Culture, Yet Again, In Fashion Show
(China) -- If you've been confused about when it's appropriate to wear an Indigenous-inspired feathered headdress as a fashion statement and you're not, in...

11/11/2017

article Sailor J Calls Out Native American Appropriation in Thanksgiving Parody Video
(USA) -- As Thanksgiving approaches, it's safe to say we can expect the usual onslaught of videos arriving to YouTube: the aspiring chefs creating full feast...
article 'Indian Princess' Halloween contest photo removed after protests
(Utah) -- The sponsor of a Halloween costume contest took down a photo of the winner, a woman wearing a Native American headdress, after several people called the...
article How to become an Indigenous healer for $1,111
(Canada) -- Indigenous people from across the country were upset to learn last week that Anishinaabe ceremonies and teachings were being advertised online — for a...
article Sailor J Calls Out Native American Appropriation in Thanksgiving Parody Video
(New York) -- As Thanksgiving approaches, it's safe to say we can expect the usual onslaught of videos arriving to YouTube: the aspiring chefs creating full feast...

11/9/2017

article Independent committee looking to rename Squaw Peak
(Utah) -- A new group is beginning a push to change the name of Squaw Peak in Provo to something more honorable to Native American women. The Repeak Committee is leading...
article The man without a face: Jimmie Durham at the Whitney Museum
(New York) -- Towards the end of the American artist Jimmie Durham’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York, there are three self-portraits that...

11/7/2017

article Does It Matter If Jimmie Durham, Noted Cherokee Artist, Is Not Actually Cherokee?
(New York) -- In 1986, Jimmie Durham, a young conceptual artist who had spent much of the 1970s as an activist with the American Indian Movement, was asked by the...
article Jimmie Durham at the Whitney: Cherokee artist or white imposter?
(New York) -- The Whitney Museum of American Art has just opened two complementary exhibitions. The first is a retrospective of a celebrated Native American activist/...

11/5/2017

article Faculty member condemned for wearing headdress on Halloween — even though she’s Native American
(New Mexico) -- Put this one in your peace pipe and smoke it — a Native American faculty member at the University of New Mexico has been condemned for wearing a...

10/31/2017

article Old Montreal souvenir shops awash in culturally appropriated handicrafts
(Montreal) -- Halloween is upon us, and with it the controversial topic of cultural appropriation. Walmart Canada decided to pull certain costumes deemed culturally...

10/28/2017

article BLOG: #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women
(USA) -- From the editors of Urban Tribes (2015) and Dreaming in Indian (2014), this new release focuses on the strength, resilience, and pride of Indigenous women. The...
article Producer Brian Grazer Didn't Learn Chris Hemsworth's Lesson About Native American Costumes
(Hollywood) -- "Getting ready for Halloween... what do you think?!" Brian Grazer, the Oscar-winning movie producer behind critically acclaimed hits "...

10/26/2017

article OP/ED: Inappropriate Appropriation
(Massachusetts) -- “I wish I had just gotten one of the easy costumes – like Native American!” Hearing friends discuss the costumes they were assigned...

10/25/2017

article Non-Indigenous B.C. artist defends work despite calls for authenticity
(British Columbia) -- Jennifer Tosoff grew up admiring Sue Coleman's transfixing landscapes rendered with an undeniable Northwest Coast First Nations style. "I...

10/19/2017

article From ‘appropriation prize’ controversy, a new Indigenous writing award is born
(British Columbia) -- An Indigenous writing prize – originally sparked by a nasty controversy in Canadian literary circles over cultural appropriation, followed by...
article NAC launches play about Louis Riel’s right hand man
(Ottawa) -- He was known as Louis Riel’s Lieutenant during the Northwest Rebellion, but Gabriel Dumont has rarely been the subject of films, books, TV or theatre....

10/18/2017

article The Latest: 2nd defendant pleads guilty to Indian-art fraud
(New Mexico) -- A second defendant has pleaded guilty in federal court to the sale of fake Native American jewelry that was manufactured in the Philippines. The U.S....

10/16/2017

article OP/ED: This Halloween, ignore the cultural appropriation craze
(Washington) -- College administrators are attacking individual freedom by telling students what not to wear for Halloween. As the College Fix reported Monday, numerous...

10/15/2017

article Walmart Canada pulls Indigenous Halloween costumes from website
(Ontario) -- Walmart Canada has pulled a number of Halloween costumes from its website, including "native princess" and "chief," and will begin a...

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