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Native American organizations urge sponsors to stop supporting Washington's NFL team

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The Native Voice Network posted this image on their Facebook and Twitter pages Thursday, encouraging those who agree to share it. The Native Voice Network posted this image on their Facebook and Twitter pages Thursday, encouraging those who agree to share it.
WASHINGTON - Native American organizations have launched a national public awareness campaign calling on corporate sponsors to stop supporting Washington's NFL team-- beginning with the team's primary sponsor: FedEx.  They say the team's affiliation with the mascot and nickname harms children.  

The Native Voice Network posted images on Twitter and Facebook on Thursday showing an altered FedEx logo that instead reads "RedSkins Supporter" and says, "FedEx is a proud sponsor of a dictionary defined racial slur."  The image encourages those who agree to call FedEx to tell them how they feel, or tweet them on Twitter.

In a statement posted on their social media platforms, the organization says they are calling on all the NFL corporate sponsors to "do what is right for American youth."

“The bottom line is that no community-minded corporation should sponsor a mascot that hurts American youth. The mascot debate has been missing the point. The issue is not about who is offending or ‘honoring’ who. The Native Voice Network is making clear that harm is being inflicted on America’s youth –Native and non-Native alike. This can no longer be denied nor tolerated. We hope Federal Express and other NFL sponsors are listening,” comments Laura Harris, Executive Director of Americans for Indian Opportunity, the organizational host of the NVN.

The NVN, a virtual community of Native American families and organizations, was established in 2012.  Currently, 26 Native American organizations are members, "including grassroots community organizations, large-scale service providers and national institutions.  

More about the Native Voice Network: http://nativevoicenetwork.nationbuilder.com/about



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