AK Native group sues over coat's design
April 23, 2020
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native cultural organization is suing luxury retailer Neiman Marcus, saying the Dallas-based company violated copyright and American Indian arts protection laws in selling a knit coat with a geometric design borrowed from indigenous culture.
In the federal lawsuit filed Monday, Sealaska Heritage Institute maintains the retailer falsely affiliated the $2,555”Ravenstail’’ coat with northwest coast native artists through the design and use of the term, Ravenstail.
The plaintiffs say the Ravenstail term and style has been associated for hundreds of yea...