COL at SD - Game 3 - Saturday, 10pm ET Broadcast Schedule

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PLAYOFFS
WK
1
Fri, May 6
FINAL/OT
Thunderbirds
13
Rock
14
Fri, May 6
FINAL
Mammoth
16
Roughnecks
12
Sat, May 7
FINAL
FireWolves
5
Bandits
10
Sat, May 7
FINAL
Wings
8
Seals
9
PLAYOFFS
WK
2
Fri, May 13
FINAL
Mammoth
14
Seals
12
Sun, May 15
FINAL
Rock
17
Bandits
18
PLAYOFFS
WK
3
Sat, May 21
FINAL
Bandits
10
Rock
9
Sat, May 21
FINAL/OT
Seals
11
Mammoth
10
PLAYOFFS
WK
4
Sat, May 28
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NLL Unites – Heritage 

We believe the game of lacrosse should be celebrated, but first it must be understood. You may already be a fan of our league or play yourself, but lacrosse is more than a game. It has a robust history, and in it is the power to heal.

So, come with us on a journey. Learn about its history. The significance it has for Indigenous People. The values it teaches. The responsibility it imposes on us. The way it always has been and will continue to be used to make our communities healthier and more prosperous.  

  • Was lacrosse created by Indigenous People?

    The Indigenous People believe that lacrosse was given to them by the Creator. They call it the Medicine Game. It is both spiritual and healing. Listen to how Lyle, Miles, and Ty Thompson describe the game.

  • Why is the wooden stick so important?

    Today, most sticks are made from aluminum, titanium, scandium, alloys, or a carbon fiber composite. But, there is something special and sacred about the wooden stick that has been handmade for centuries. Take a look at the video below.

  • What Tribe(s) used to live and play near my favorite team?

    The game of lacrosse is 1,000 years old. The NLL was founded in 1986. The list below shows the Indigenous People who were playing in your town long before we arrived on the scene. Want to search for more locations? Click here

    Team Territory
    Albany, NY Mohican, Haudenosaunee
    Buffalo, NY Wenrohronon, Haudenosaunee
    Calgary, AB Tsuu T’ina, Blackfoot, Métis , Ktunaxa ɁamakɁis
    Denver, CO Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Ute, Cheyenne, Arapaho
    Duluth, GA Cherokee, East, Muscogee/Creek
    Fort Worth, TX Wichita, Tawakoni, Comache, Kickapoo, Jumanos
    Hamilton, ON Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Mississauga, Haudenosaunee, Attiwonderonk, Anishinabewaki
    Halifax, NS Wabanaki, Mi’kma’ki
    Las Vegas, NV Chemeheuvi, Southern Paiute
    New York, NY Wenrohronon, Haudenosaunee
    Philadelphia, PA Lenni-Lenape
    Rochester, NY Seneca, Haudenosaunee
    San Diego, CA Kumeyaay
    Saskatoon, SK Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Blackfoot, Métis, Cree
    Vancouver, BC Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Stó:lō, Stz’uminus, Squamish, Hul’quimi’num Treaty Group, Coast Salish

     

    There are hundreds of Tribes that inhabited North America as shown on the interactive map below. Click on it to learn more.

  • What is Every Child Matters/Orange Shirt Day?

    Orange Shirt Day is held on September 30th and began in 2013. Eight years later, The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was added to the calendar as it became a statutory holiday in Canada. The day honors the lost children and survivors of Residential Schools, including their families and communities

    The orange shirt comes from a story about a survivor of the residential school system, Phyllis Webstadt. When she was six, with much excitement went to a school wearing a brand new orange shirt given to her by her grandmother. When she arrived, it was taken away, and she never saw it again. Her perspective changed forever.

    The orange shirt is now a symbol of the culture, freedom and self-esteem lost by Indigenous children over generations.

    Now more than ever, players with Indigenous roots are leading the discussion and raising awareness of Indigenous lifestyles and issues, particularly about residential schools.

  • What are Residential Schools?

    Residential schools – referred to by some in the US as boarding schools – were designed to assimilate Native American children into American and Canadian culture. Children were taken from their families and sent away. They were not permitted to speak their native language or practice their cultural traditions. In many instances, the children were abused or never heard from again. 

    To this day, unmarked graves are being discovered at the sites of former residential schools across North America where it is believed many children died at the hands of the caregivers of the schools.

    In Canada, the first residential school was opened in 1831 and the last school closed in 1996. There were a total of 139 known schools run throughout Canada.

    In the United States, there were 367 schools in total with the first school opening in 1860. Seventy-three of those schools remain open working in a different capacity than their original intent to now properly educate children in both content and culture.

    Please spend some time educating yourself about this dark period in North American history. Now more than ever, players with Indigenous roots are leading the discussion and raising awareness of Indigenous lifestyles and issues. Our community partners, The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund and The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition are a good place to start.

     

  • What movies can I watch about lacrosse and Indigenous People?

    These movies are based on true stories and real events. Both received critical acclaim.
    The Keepers of the Game

    The Grizzlies

History of Lacrosse

Players and fans of our game know the rules. We want to ensure they also know the history. We encourage you to download and share this handout with your school, league, team and family. It’ll open your eyes to the rich heritage of lacrosse and equip you with facts about Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the United States.

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