The Osage Nation, an 18,500 member Native American tribe based out of Oklahoma, has initiated a boycott of FedEx since it owns the naming rights to the stadium where then Washington NFL football games are played.
The Osage Nation has instructed its employees to not use FedEx when an alternative service is available until the Washington team adopts a “less inflammatory and insulting” name. The Nation has also called upon other tribes throughout the country to follow suit.
FedEx has pointed out that it is closely followed the “dialogue and difference of opinion” regarding the team’s name but have made no indication of terminating the naming rights agreement it has with the franchise.
In addition, FedEx CEO, Fred Smith, when asked, declined to say whether or not he believes the team’s name should change. This may be because Mr. Smith also owns a piece of the Washington based franchise.
In supporting the Osage Nation, RISE International vows that it will no longer use FedEx services. Hello DHL.