Selling a "Navajo Hipster Panty" may be cheesy and kind of offensive, but, more worrisomely perhaps for Urban Outfitters, it could also be illegal. In the U.S., under the terms of the Federal Indian Arts and Crafts act of 1990 and the Federal Trade Commission Act, it is prohibited to falsely claim, or even imply, that a product is Native American-made when it is not. The Department of the Interior says:
It is illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian Tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization, resident within the United States. If a business violates the Act, it can face civil penalties or can be prosecuted and fined up to $1,000,000
"Navajo" isn't an aesthetic movement — it's a legal entity, a tribe of people, and an actual nation.
More information here: http://www.racialicious.com/2011/10/10/urban-outfitters-is-obsessed-with-navajos/
Native American tribe gets $380 million to end lawsuit
Abused by nun, native woman tells commission about Prince Edward Island boarding schools
P.E.I. survivors of Indian residential schools had an opportunity Tuesday to testify about their horrific treatment at the hands of the federal government and the church. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission held an all-day hearing at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. The commission gives people an opportunity to speak openly, or privately, about the residential school system that existed in Canada for more than 100 years. Marie Knockwood wrote a song about her time at the Shubenacadie Residential School in Nova Scotia. She told the hearing about sexual abuse she experienced at the hands of a nun.
“We’re Rebuilding a Nation” Island’s First Nations movement strengthens with establishment of populated but landless Mi’kmaq band. After decades of negotiations between the island’s First Nation leaders and the federal and provincial governments, more than 20,000 of Newfoundland’s Mi’kmaq population have been recognized as status Indians by the Government of Canada. On Sept. 26 the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) and Canada’s Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development announced the establishment of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band. The decades long struggle, initiated by a small group of Mi’kmaq visionaries in the late 1960s, abated in 2007 when the federal government and FNI negotiated an agreement-in-principle to form the landless band.