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Native American Tiffanie Wilson launched a campaign to remove all Navajo Collection products from Urban Outfitters worldwide on Change.org after discovering products on UO site blatantly copied Native American designs. Even worse than copying the designs, UO used the word “Navajo” in the title, including the “Navajo Hipster Panty” and the “Navajo Flask.” A week after launching her campaign, Urban Outfitters removed the items from U.S. stores, but the collection still remains available in European stores and on the company’s international websites.
As Tiffanie says, “These cheap knockoffs are offensive and only further promote incorrect views of native culture." Continued viewpoints by Navajo Nation Attorney General Harrison Tsosie echo Tiffanie's words, “The Navajo Nation is vigilant and takes appropriate action in society, the law, and the market to protect one of its most cherished elements: the Navajo name. So when companies sell products that have absolutely no connection to the Navajo Nation, its entities or its people, the Navajo Nation does not regard this as benign or trivial.”
If you'd like to support Tiffanie in her quest to remove Urban Outfitters' Navajo Collection from all UO stores worldwide, you can join the 13,000 people who have already signed the petition, go to Change.org and sign her petition, or if you'd like to buy some of the items in the collection, you'll have to fly to Europe.
· Change.org [Official Site]
· Urban Outfitters [Official Site]