Protester banned on FB as Spunky Squaw owner wears headdress, rep uses n-words

Twitter users posted a screen-captured image of Spunky Squaw Owner Brooke Adams wearing a Native-style headdress while wearing a 'powered by whiskey' t-shirt. Photo: Twitter

Other non-Native people come to the aid of store owner, reps despite claims the name Spunky Squaw is offensive

Last week, social media had been going full-speed as Brooke Adams, a 21-year-old Texas college student at Tarleton State University defended her online boutique store she named ‘Spunky Squaw.’

See related coverage: Social Media erupts as Native groups ask owner of ‘Spunky Squaw’ to change name

On the Spunky Squaw website are a selection of clothing items that include western and Native themes, but much of the merchandise has been removed. The Instagram account — which previously had about 6,500 followers — has been taken down. Their Facebook page also was deleted.

In the week since reporting about the online retail store, readers of Indian Country Today have sent a plethora of social media posts about the owner and store representatives.

In one email received by Indian Country Today, the owner of Spunky Squaw is in a photograph wearing a Native-style headdress and a shirt with the writing, ‘Powered by Whiskey.” the image has also been posted on social media.

One of the store representatives, @theboujieblonde on Instagram, and @berkeleyrudel on Twitter who has stated people are “too sensitive for the entire world,” has been called out for using the n-word (ending in a) in her tweets.

Screen capture Twitter @DontWriteDown

Though Jana J. Pruet at the Blaze called the reactions to Adams’ retail store, as being “attacked by hate groups alleging racism.” The only response or action taken thus far, is reportedly toward individuals protesting the retail store.

According to a report by the CBC, an Alberta woman, Rhiannon Babyn, found herself temporarily banned from Facebook this weekend after she called out Spunk Squaw, citing the name includes a racial and gendered slur against Indigenous women.

As Babyn was banned, the owner and store reps have been using racially motivated epithets toward people protesting the store. Other non-Native people on social media have also been coming to the owner’s aid.

One Twitter user Justine Gutierrez, posted a screen-captured video between herself and the store rep @berkeleyrudel on Twitter. The conversation became heated when people tweeted a comment form the girl’s boyfriend Chase Dale who stated “Remember what happened last time Indians and cowboys fought? It doesn't turn out good for you. Go back to ur Casino.”

The rep says “you are a c*nt” and that her boyfriend has a “freedom to write whatever he wants.” She later wrote “Please continue to tell me how racist I am for favoriting or retweeting funny tweets with the word “n*gga” in it that's a term throwing around DAILYYY in a comical non-racist approached and manner. None of those tweets were racist. Now if it had said the actual n-word that would be a completely different story. I have friends of all cultures I am not a racist.”

The owner responded on Facebook that Spunky Squaw was not racist.

"There is absolutely no derogatory meaning in the word 'sq--w' … When I started my business I really did think I had chosen an empowering and fun name," Adams wrote on her Facebook page. "Until this week, I have never had a negative representation with a Native American / Indian / Indigenous Native American. I will not accept this a good [sic] representation of that culture."

A brand representative for "The Spunky Sq--w" store, Makayla Baker, responded to Indigenous women calling out the brand by calling them #YouDamnSquaw.

The Baker’s, the boujie blonde, and Adams' have not been suspended.

Currently there is a petition titled The Spunky Squaw Change Your Business Name which now has over 9,300 signatures.

Representatives from the Spunky Squaw have not responded to Indian Country Today’s requests for comments.

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Pride
Pride

WOW... people need to be schooled in what that racial label means.

apelbaumthebull
apelbaumthebull

The store spunky squaw is offensive. Plus the store`s owner, Brooke Adam is offensive too.

HW3
HW3

She is trolling for someone to set her up a gofundme to support her in a style to which she could become accustomed.

phil pheel
phil pheel

There is no way to "hold people like this accountable" if you refuse to stand up for what's right, and stand against that which is ignorant. However, I'm not sure we read the same article, because it clear says that their Facebook page was deleted, and so was their 'twittering twits' account. Instagram isn't a forum for discussion, you can't even post an opinion, certainly nothing in-depth (not sure how that might be relevant anyways), it isn't even a space for proper replies to comments. That seems more like a win than 500+ new instagramers being allowed to "heart" their pictures, and free abuse emojis. It certainly looks like the college girls got handed their asses, and took off running at th first sign of heat ... even if they didn't change the name! Yet!

James Herring
James Herring

We are only giving them more publicity and it is clear she isn't going to change the name. They've gained like 500 more followers on instagram since this story broke. I wish there was a way to hold people like this accountable but also not give them more exposure.