Some enterprising companies are taking advantage of the popularity of the Dakota Access pipeline fight by selling knock-off “No DAPL t-shirts”. Some Native artists say their designs are being used without permission. The problem of stealing Native designs by non-Natives is not new: in 2015, designs very similar to fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail’s (Northern Cheyenne/Crow) work showed up on the runway. What can artists do to protect their work? How do you now what you’re buying is from the original source?
Jared Yazzie (Navajo) – owner and designer for OXDX Clothing
Whitney Rencontre (Crow Creek Sioux) – graphic artist and director of the Ateyapi youth program
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