Urban Outfitters Under Fire for 'Navajo' Collection


She is happy that her letter has initiated a national conversation and emphasized that there are larger issues to be discussed, in addition to the problem with Urban Outfitters.

"As native peoples, we've been robbed of so much -- our land, life ways, culture," Brown said. "My issue isn't with just specifically Urban Outfitters, but symptomatic of larger and more pervasive issues in our society, how we recognize and interact and treat First Nation people here."

In the letter, she called for Urban Outfitters to pull the clothing line from stores and apologize to indigenous peoples of North America.

She believes this could be a big step in gaining more respect for her culture, which she said is rarely mentioned in mainstream cultural conversation.

"I think the company does have an opportunity right now to do what is ethnically and morally right by acknowledging their wrongs and pulling the line, but also apologizing and owing up to the fact that [they] did clearly engage in this level of corporate appropriation," Brown said. "I hope people start critically thinking and integrating into their social consciousness that we are here, we do still exist."

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