Seattle Human Rights Commission Release on Law Firms that will Boycott Washington Football Team

Law Firms Rally to Boycott Corporate Sponsors of the D.C. N.F.L. Team; the National Congress of American Indians Issues a Letter of Support

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SEATTLE –The Seattle-based law firm of Kanji & Katzen PLLC has answered the call of the Seattle Human Rights Commission and has voted to boycott the D.C. N.F.L. team’s key corporate sponsors until the team’s name changes.  This includes ceasing use of FedEx in the firm’s two offices, and closing the firm’s accounts at Bank of America.  The firm specializes in litigation on behalf of Native Nations throughout Indian country in fields spanning treaty rights, sovereignty protection, taxation and regulation, land claims and land use, reservation boundaries, gaming and economic development, and environmental protection.

The move by Kanji & Katzen, announced last Monday, prompted other law firms to join the boycott.  By Friday, Kewenvoyouma Law, Skenandore Law, Galanda Broadman (also Seattle-based) and the Alaska office of Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP had joined the boycott.  The boycott is also under review by the partners of a number of other law firms nationwide.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the National Congress of American Indians, the oldest and largest representative organization of Native Nations in the United States, issued a letter of support for the Seattle Human Rights Commission’s Resolution No. 15-01 calling for the boycott among City of Seattle residents and businesses, as well as by the City of Seattle itself.

The Commission continues to urge the City, City businesses, and City residents to join the boycott and recently started a petition for individuals to sign on to the boycott.  The “Boycott D.C. N.F.L. Team Sponsors until the Name is Changed” petition has garnered 69 signatures thus far.