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This New Jersey-raised man wants to hold expensive ‘shamanic retreat’ in Juneau. Alaska Native leaders are not having it.

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 commercialization of Alaska Native cultures.

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Cultural Appropriation

7/3/2020

press release NAC: Haka and cultural appropriation
(Brazil) -- Brazilian motivational speaker faced backlash for including haka in his programming. He’s not Maori, but uses the traditional Maori dance that he says...

7/1/2020

article Lawsuit over cultural appropriation of Native designs proceeds, despite Neiman Marcus bankrupty
(Alaska) -- Neiman Marcus is one of the clothing retailers that’s seen a decline in sales because of the coronavirus. The company filed for bankruptcy in early May...

6/30/2020

article Voice actor Rob Paulsen says he won’t play a character of color again
(USA) -- Rob Paulsen has voiced a number of iconic characters over his 40 years in Hollywood, from Animaniacs’ Yakko Warner to both Raphael and Donatello in...

6/28/2020

article Pocahontas Is STILL the Most Problematic Disney Princess Movie
(Hollywood) -- Disney's Pocahontas turned 25 years old on June 23. While that might be cause for nostalgia for many '90s kids, two and a half decades after its...

6/25/2020

article Las Vegas casino removes statue at request of faith leaders
(Las Vegas) -- The Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas is removing a statue from one of its night clubs after local religious leaders called it "highly inappropriate....

6/16/2020

article Developers propose 'Aboriginal' art gallery in new Halifax hotel — but did they talk to any Indigenous people?
(Nova Scotia) -- A developer from Newfoundland wants to include an “Aboriginal” art gallery in its new downtown Halifax hotel as a public benefit in exchange...

6/9/2020

article Franklin to stop selling T-shirts after Aboriginal flag controversy
(Australia) -- Lance "Buddy" Franklin says his company will stop selling T-shirts or merchandise featuring the Aboriginal flag for the time being, following...

5/20/2020

article How A Company Misappropriated Native American Culture To Sell Health Insurance
(USA) -- Jill Goodridge was shopping for affordable health insurance when a friend told her about O’NA HealthCare, a low-cost alternative to commercial insurance....

5/9/2020

article Fake Indian jewelry case took years to unravel
(New Mexico) -- The Justice Department wrapped up a case yesterday bizarrely titled United States v. 99,337 Pieces of Counterfeit Native American Jewelry, closing an...

4/28/2020

article Sealaska Heritage Sues Neiman Marcus Alleging Unlawful Use of Term "Ravenstail" Copyright Infringement
(Alaska) -- Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has filed a federal lawsuit against Neiman Marcus, alleging the national luxury retailer falsely affiliated garments sold...

4/23/2020

article This $2,500 Sweater Being Sold by MyTheresa, Neiman Marcus Violates the Indian Arts & Crafts Act, Per New Lawsuit
(Alaska) -- Among the Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Valentino wares being offered up on München-based MyTheresa’s e-commerce website is...

4/22/2020

article WASHINGTON POST: Land O’Lakes did the right thing. Others (like D.C.’s NFL team) should follow.
(Washington D.C.) -- “TO BETTER tell its farmer-owned story.” That was the non-explanation offered by Land O’Lakes dairy company for the redesign of...

4/20/2020

article Land O’Lakes redesign bids farewell to longtime Native image
(Minnesota) -- It’s an image everyone knows. A young Native woman kneels on a patch of grass, blue waters and green trees behind her. She’s wearing a...
article Alaska Native group sues Neiman Marcus over coat's design
(Alaska) -- An Alaska Native cultural organization is suing luxury retailer Neiman Marcus, saying the Dallas-based company violated copyright and American Indian arts...

4/19/2020

article Land O' Lakes replaces Native American woman logo, touts farmer-owned credentials instead
(Minnesota) -- A Native American woman will no longer adorn the packages of Land O'Lakes butter. After nearly 100 years, the Minnesota-based dairy company has...

4/16/2020

article Controversial Native American woman image removed from Land O'Lakes packaging
(Minnesota) -- The Land O’Lakes butter company has removed an iconic but problematic image from its packaging. In a statement reported in the Twin Cities Pioneer...

4/15/2020

article MORON ALERT: Friends take 1-hour 'stroll' through Target for fun despite pandemic
(South Carolina) -- Three women are being slammed as 'disgusting,' 'selfish,' and 'stupid' after taking a fun 'stroll' through Target...

4/7/2020

article The truth about Yellowstone's casting controversy
(Hollywood) -- Romance, political intrigue, nefarious criminality, and family drama is all set across the backdrop of the stunning American west in Paramount Network...

3/13/2020

article Cultural appropriation: can designers ever responsibly “borrow” from other cultures?
(UK) -- Last month, a British brewery came under fire when a Hindu statesman branded the identity of one of its beers as “highly insensitive”. Rajan Zed, the...

2/26/2020

article Why Germany can't quit its racist Native American problem
(Germany) -- Across the country, Germans spent the past week celebrating Carnival, known for its parades, drinking, and colorful costumes ahead of the Lenten fast. There...
article How sportswear fashion is indebted to Indigenous and African American cultures
(Worldwide) -- While reading this, you may be comfortably dressed in a pair of jeans and a T-shirt. Perhaps you prefer sweatpants, hoodies and your favourite sneakers....

2/17/2020

article Naples Seminole tribe members allege NYC fashion brand appropriated their culture
(Florida) -- Members of the Seminole tribe in Naples feel their history was ripped from them for somebody else's profit with a recent collection from a New York City...

2/12/2020

article ‘We are a people’: Local businesses reconsider the use of native names
(Wisconsin) -- Head northwest out of Madison into the Driftless region of Wisconsin, and every other business is Kickapoo-something. Kickapoo Wild Adventures takes...

1/31/2020

article At Super Bowl LIV, Questions About Native Appropriation Take The Field
(Florida) -- This Sunday millions of people will be tuning into Super Bowl LIV to watch the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs duke it out for the...

1/26/2020

article Native American-inspired wedding rituals honor heritage, family
(Pennsylvania) -- Last week I wrote about a hand warming ceremony— an idea I came up with on a cold day. Another winter inspired ritual is a ‘blanket...

1/8/2020

article Indigenous artists call for apology after American reality TV star spotted in regalia
(British Columbia) -- Several Indigenous artists and designers in B.C. are angry and calling for an apology after an American reality TV star was spotted wearing regalia...
article Scottsdale man admits to misrepresenting jewelry as Native American-made
(Arizona) -- A Scottsdale business owner and two other people admitted to misrepresenting jewelry made in the Philippines as Native American-made in the United States.

1/7/2020

article Three defendants plead guity to conspiring to fraudulently sell imported jewelry from the Philippines as Native American-made
(Arizona) -- Three members of an international conspiracy to import knock-off jewelry from the Philippines and misrepresent it as Native-American have pleaded guilty for...
article Three plead guilty to importing fake Native American jewelry
(Arizona) -- The Justice Department said three individuals on Jan. 6 pleaded guilty in an Arizona district court to importing and selling counterfeit Native American-...
article Three plead guilty to importing fake Native American jewelry
(Arizona) -- The Justice Department said three individuals on Jan. 6 pleaded guilty in an Arizona district court to importing and selling counterfeit Native American-...

12/26/2019

article Hubbard Park Lodge installed teepee-like tents for eating and drinking, creating concerns of culture appropriation
(Wisconsin) -- Hubbard Park Lodge has constructed two heated teepee-like structures called “Tall Timber Tents” that patrons can rent out this winter for...

12/17/2019

article White Women: Maasai Culture Is Not Here For Your Colonialist Exploitation
(USA) -- If it walks like an appropriator and talks like a saviour it is probably a White ‘Feminist’ exploiting Indigenous women for profit. As an artist,...

12/4/2019

article Amazon company Ring once threw racist staff party: report
(USA) -- Employees for Amazon’s Ring home security company wore Native American costumes, including face paint, at a staff party in 2017, a new report claims....

11/13/2019

article It's Time to Rethink the 'Trend' of Burning Sage on Instagram
(Internet) -- "Cleanse Your Head of Bad Vibes," reads an email that recently landed in my inbox, announcing a new sage-infused shampoo — one of many 2019...
article OP/ED: It's Time to Rethink the 'Trend' of Burning Sage on Instagram
(Internet) -- "Cleanse Your Head of Bad Vibes," reads an email that recently landed in my inbox, announcing a new sage-infused shampoo — one of many 2019...

11/5/2019

article LETTERS: Readers discuss whether the ‘Arrowhead Chop’ is an honor — or just tired?
(Missouri) -- In a world where everything is offensive and nothing is sacred, the motley crew who write editorials for The Star have struck again with Saturday’s...
article Pamela Anderson accused of cultural appropriation after wearing Native American headdress for Halloween
(USA) -- Pamela Anderson is facing backlash and accusations of cultural appropriation after sharing photos of herself dressed in a traditional Native American headdress...
article Pamela Anderson Pushes Back After Cultural Appropriation Backlash to Her Native American Halloween Costume
(California) -- Pamela Anderson is speaking out after she was accused of racism and cultural appropriation for her Native American-inspired Halloween costume.
article Pamela Anderson Slammed For Native American Halloween Costume
(USA) -- Pamela Anderson is under fire for her Halloween costume, where she dressed as a Native American person. Twitter users condemned the outfit, and accused Anderson...

11/3/2019

article IDIOT: Pamela Anderson gets backlash after wearing a Native American headdress for Halloween
(Hollywood) -- Pamela Anderson is under fire after posting risqué photos of herself wearing a Native American headdress in honor of Halloween. The Canadian actress and...

11/2/2019

article Saints fans mix rooting with Mardi Gras Indian-style chants
(Louisiana) -- It sounded like an indoor Mardi Gras Indian march. The Crunch Crew, an extended family of devoted Who Dats, gathered at a suburban-style house on Desire...

11/1/2019

article MORON ALERT: Pamela Anderson raises ire with headdress Halloween tweet
(British Columbia) -- A Halloween tweet from Pamela Anderson's foundation showing the Ladysmith, B.C.-bombshell wearing a feathered headdress — and little else...

10/31/2019

article Couple in Native American Costumes Kicked Out of Restaurant for War Cries, 'Offensive Comments'
(Idaho) -- There are certain kinds of people who don't understand that just because it's Halloween doesn't mean that the rules are off when it comes to being...

10/30/2019

article College students are fighting cultural appropriation during Halloween
(Minnesota) -- Glory Ames, a member of the White Earth reservation, is frustrated that despite the presence of several reservations near Moorhead, Minnesota, local...
article A culture, not a costume / How to handle cultural appropriation during Halloween
(USA) -- Glory Ames, from the White Earth reservation, is frustrated that despite the presence of several reservations near Moorhead, Minn., local Halloween stores still...
article American Indian student group campaign addresses culture appropriation during Halloween
(Minnesota) -- Part of the Halloween season for University of Minnesota student Meenakshi Mattson – and for many people of color – is seeing her culture...
article Yandy Finally Got Rid Of An Offensive Costume. So Why Are Some Protesters Still Angry?
(Arizona) -- The day before Halloween in 2017, Amanda Blackhorse found herself protesting in the Phoenix, Arizona, headquarters of the popular Halloween costume retailer...

10/29/2019

article Ricky Gervais makes amends in art row
(Australia) -- Ricky Gervais has made changes to the new series of After Life after being accused of cultural appropriation. The comic had faced a backlash over a...

10/28/2019

article Makeup Artist Apologises For Indigenous American Halloween Look Featuring Bullet Wound
(Australia) -- A Gold Coast makeup artist has apologised for creating an Indigenous North American Halloween look that featured a bleeding bullet wound on the chest. The...
article Shari’s Restaurant in Lewiston kicks out couple dressed as Native Americans and making war cries
(Idaho) -- A couple complained of being kicked out of a Shari’s restaurant in Lewiston on Saturday after they dressed up as Native Americans and made war cries in...
article Sexy witch. Sexy nurse. Sexy Mr. Rogers? Inside the sexy Halloween costume industrial complex.
(Arizona) -- Four weeks before Halloween, Dominique Fiacco tried on the costume that its creators hope to turn into one of the holiday’s hottest and stepped in...

10/22/2019

article Cultural Appropriation, Appreciation, and Denigration
(Worldwide) -- My favorite young country singer, Kacey Musgraves, has been criticized for wearing a traditional Vietnamese dress. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau...

10/21/2019

article House panel to vet minority contracting program after Times investigation into ‘Cherokee’ claims
(Washington D.C.) -- Eyeing stricter controls within the federal authorities’s minority contracting program, a Residence oversight panel on Tuesday is anticipated...
article 'It's about respect': How students should avoid appropriating cultures on Halloween
(North Carolina) -- Every year when Halloween comes around at the end of October, people get the chance to dress up as someone else for a night in a fun costume....

10/11/2019

article BLOG: Six non-black women on why they wear box braids despite the controversy
(Internet) -- Native American, Mexican, and Vietnamese beauty YouTuber Nikita Dragun was recently accused of cultural appropriation after wearing long grey box braids to...

9/30/2019

article Man identified as ‘Native American Shaman’ arrested for sexual assault
(Colorado) -- Earlier this month on September 5, the Colorado Springs Police Department Special Victim’s Section arrested 57-year-old Richard Ortega for Sexual...

9/27/2019

article Man posing as 'Native American shaman' arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in Colorado Springs
(Colorado) -- Colorado Springs police arrested 57-year-old Richard Ortega on suspicion of sexual assault Sept. 5, after the man allegedly posed as a “Native...

9/24/2019

article Rihanna Finally Cancels “Spirit Animal” After She Was Told It Was Culturally Insensitive
(New York) -- What is your spirit animal? If you Google “spirit animal,” you will find a slew of quizzes that will help you define your inner self. The...

9/23/2019

article The Aboriginal flag dispute in focus: who owns the right to use?
(Australia) -- The Australian government is considering whether to compulsorily acquire the rights to use the Aboriginal flag on public policy grounds. Kate O'Rourke...

9/19/2019

article How the Kansas City Chiefs got their name and the Boy Scout Tribe of Mic-O-Say
(Virginia) -- In our series of articles on the Boy Scouts, three factions or offshoot groups came about as a result of the initial organization based on the young men...

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...

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