Lacrosse finds its way back to New York tribes

Tribes in New York are behind a resurgence of lacrosse, a game invented by their ancestors.

Over 1,000 players belong to the North American Minor Lacrosse Association. The league fields six Indian teams.

The Seneca Nation just spent $97,000 to upgrade a lacrosse stadium on one of its reservations. The Tuscarora Nation is building a lacrosse park.

"It’s not an elite sport to us, it’s a way of life," Randi Rourke, an editor of Indian Country Today, told The New York Times.

Lacrosse is considered a healing ceremony. On some reservations, women aren't allowed to play and are forbidden to touch lacrosse sticks.

Get the Story:
Indian Tribes Rediscovering Lacrosse (The New York Times 7/13)

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