Martha Stewart's attempt to trademark "Katonah" — a move that has already riled some of her neighbors in the New York village — has now upset some American Indians because the name originally belonged to a 17th-century chief.
Autumn Scott and Steven Burton, two members of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation - which claims Chief Katonah as its own — have joined the anti-trademark battle being waged by the Katonah Village Improvement Society.
Other American Indian leaders yesterday said that Stewart's trademark application was offensive.
"If I wanted to trademark 'Martha Stewart' and put out a line of tea towels, she would have me in court very quickly," said Suzan Harjo, president of the Morning Star Institute, an advocacy group.
Stewart's company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), wants to trademark Katonah for home furnishings, paints and other products.
A spokeswoman for the domestic doyenne, Diana Pearson, has said Stewart "seeks to honor the town and the hamlet by using the word Katonah."