|Tomahawk Tassels poses for an event poster|
Beware of the hipster headdress. With more frequent sightings extending
beyond Halloween, it has become a mass-merchandised fashion faux pas.
Big names like Victoria's Secret
, No Doubt
, and Paul Frank Industries
have been under fire recently for their alleged racist, misappropriated, displays of Native-themed culture.
All three have issued public apologies and avoided lawsuits, but Urban Outfitters wasn't so lucky.
Shortly after Minneapolis resident Sasha Houston Brown (Santee Sioux Nation) wrote her open letter to Urban Outfitters' CEO Glen T. Senk
the Navajo Nation brought suit against the company for trademark
infringement, citing the "Navajo Hipster Panty" and the "Navajo Print
Wrapped Fabric Flask" were "derogatory and
The lawsuit is pending. Brown, an academic advisor
at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, continues to speak out
about racism and violence against Indian women. When she saw that
Shannon Edberg was organizing a protest this weekend of the "Cherokee Seductress"
Tomahawk Tassels, there was no question-Brown had to show up and
vocalize her support.