Land O' Lakes, which produces butter, cheese and other milk products, is removing the Native American woman who was part of its nearly 100-year-old logo, replacing it with just a landscape on its packaging.
The logo, which the farmer-owned dairy cooperative has used since it was founded in 1921, has been called racist by critics. The packaging will also include pictures of farmers and co-op members.
The Grand Forks Tribune noted that many Native people, including North Dakota state Rep. Ruth Buffalo (D), have called the woman’s image racist. Buffalo told the paper the image goes “hand-in-hand with human and sex trafficking of our women and girls.… by depicting Native women as sex objects.”
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