Tribal Names — Not A Free-For-All

Law360, New York (April 10, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT) -- The Navajo Nation American Indian tribe's recent lawsuit reminds companies that unauthorized use of American Indian tribal names might be considered infringement and might also violate the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act.

The Navajo Nation recently filed a lawsuit in federal court in New Mexico against popular clothing retailer Urban Outfitters Inc. and its affiliates Anthropologie and Free People.[1] The lawsuit, based on the defendants' unauthorized use of the terms "Navajo" and "Navaho," alleges trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and violation of the federal Indian Arts...
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