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Daily Share: Navajo Can Continue Historic Legal Fight Against Urban Outfitters, Judge Says

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Urban Outfitters’ “Navajo Hipster Panties.”

Urban Outfitters has long been guilty of massive cultural appropriation and allegedly stealing artwork from independent artists. This time, a federal judge heard the Navajo Nation after it took Urban Outfitters to court over the monetization of the Navajo name — quite literally their cultural identity!

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Back in 2012, the tribe sought reparations from the UO brand for misuse of the name. UO’s defense was that the tribe should have known it had been employed to sell tons of merchandise, and that the Navajo should have sued earlier if they wanted to be taken seriously. Thankfully, U.S. District Judge Bruce Black this week put an end to the corporate fuckery by allowing the tribe to continue pursuing its case against Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, its subsidiary.

It remains to be seen whether Free People, another UO subsidiary, will be included in this judgement. But if the Navajo tribe wins, it could stand to receive millions of dollars in damages.

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Laurel Dickman is an intersectional feminist, plus size model, stylist, and fat activist that can also be found via her blogs, Exile In Dietville and 2 Broke Bitches. She grew up in the south between Florida and North Carolina, migrating to the Portland, OR in 2005. All three places inform her perspective of the world around her a great deal. While in Portland, she worked with the Alley 33 Annual Fashion Show, PudgePDX, PDX Fatshion, Plumplandia, and numerous other projects over the near decade that she was there. In August of 2014, she moved to the Bay area with her partner, David and trusty kitty, Dorian Gray. She continues her body positive and intersectional feminism through various forms of activism, fashion, photography projects, and writing from her home in the East Bay. She can be reached at laurel@wyvmag.com and encourages readers to reach out to her to collaborate!

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