Fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail confirms the closure of the collective
Monday, June 20, 2022
By Acee Agoyo
famous fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail confirmed the closure of one of its long-standing initiatives, a collective that has benefited other Indigenous artists. Yellowtail, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribeannounced the decision in a email to customers and in a post on byellowtail.com late last week. She attributed the development to “false allegations and slanderous statements made by a handful of Indigenous people on social media.” “We hope this is a learning lesson for everyone and it will only do good. We pray this never happens to another Indigenous business or another Indigenous person again,” said another June 17 post on social networks Lily. Indianz.Com first reported the shutdown of the B.Yellowtail Collective June 7. The story included a statement in which Yellowtail accused several people — including Indigenous artists who once worked with his company — of trying to “cancel” him. In the four-page statement, which Indianz.Com obtained a day before the story, Yellowtail also revealed that its former business partner, who helped start the company, was “fired” due to a alleged “financial misconduct”. However, the assertion was not repeated in the announcements of the closure of the collective. Prior to publication, Indianz.Com asked Yellowtail if the alleged misconduct affected its business. She opted not to respond to the inquiry and instead asked who “leaked” her June 6 post, while promising to release a “public statement” about the collective. Shortly after the story appeared, Yellowtail blocked Indianz.Com on one of his company’s social media platforms. Subsequently, the same account was filled with posts in which she again blamed her financial troubles on a slew of Indigenous artists who she said were tied to a non-Indigenous-owned business.