Other Native groups join FedEx boycott

Following news that Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska will boycott shipping giant FedEx, a major sponsor of a National Football League team in Washington, D.C., whose name is considered by many to be derogatory to Native Americans, other organizations in Southeast Alaska are piling on.

Sealaska Heritage Institute President Rosita Worl said last week the nonprofit cultural organization will discontinue use of FedEx for shipping.

“We’ll follow suit,” Worl said. “It’s that pebble, you know, that Richard (Peterson) threw out starting to make waves.”

Sealaska Corporation, Southeast Alaska’s regional Native corporation, said it would also choose other shipping options. Worl sits on the SHI board of directors.

Worl mentioned other organizations, like Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority, were adopting the boycott as well.

CCTHITA President Peterson spoke to the Empire last week about the executive council’s decision to join other organizations nationwide in boycotting FedEx.

“This isn’t anti-FedEx. We are exercising our strength financially,” Peterson said. “If you actively support entities, in this case specifically a sports franchise that has a mascot and name derogatory to our people, we’re going to spend our dollars elsewhere — that’s us voting with our dollars.”

The Southeast Alaska-based businesses and organizations are joining national entities like the National Congress of American Indians and the Native American Rights Fund, as well as other tribes and tribal organizations across the country in the boycott.

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