Native American chief urges boycott of FedEx over 'Redskins' name

Thursday September 25th, 2014

The Chief of the Osage Nation Native American tribe is urging all tribal employees to boycott FedEx "until the Washington NFL team changes its name and mascot," a press release from the tribe said.

• NFL fan poll: Should Washington Redskins change their name?​

FedEx purchased the naming rights to the home stadium of the Washington Redskins in 1999, two years after it opened. The deal runs through 2026.

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The Osage Nation is not the first Native American group to put pressure on FedEx for its relationship with the Washington franchise. The National Congress of American Indians sent a letter to the CEO of FedEx in June urging the company to support efforts to get the nickname changed. 

• Etsy will no longer allow Redskins merchandise​

A senator from Washington state announced earlier this month she would introduce legislation to strip the NFL of its tax-exempt status as a response to the league's support of the nickname.

- Dan Gartland 

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