Oneida Nation to host National Lacrosse League All-Star Game

To further honor a game revered by its people, the Oneida Indian Nation has reached an agreement with the National Lacrosse League (NLL) to host the league TMs 2011 All-Star Game.

The All-Star exhibition, featuring many of the world TMs best players, is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Event Center at Turning Stone Resort Casino. The event will be televised nationally by VERSUS.

The modern sport of lacrosse is derived from a game created by the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) centuries ago, and it still inspires cultural passion and community healing. Oneidas and other Iroquois cherished the game as entertainment and physical conditioning, but lacrosse was also a spiritual celebration. The game was said to be a gift from the Creator and, often, the game was played simply to please the Creator. It was also described as the medicine game since it was used to peacefully settle disputes between nations or villages. After games, the people would gather for a feast, strengthening the confederacy.

We are gratified to be hosting the National Lacrosse League on our Oneida Nation Homelands, said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and CEO of Nation Enterprises. It TMs a great opportunity to showcase the modern version of the Creator TMs game, while reminding everyone of the sport TMs significant origins.

We TMre truly excited to form this new partnership with Turning Stone Casino and the Oneida

Nation, said NLL Commissioner George Daniel. Bringing the All-Star Game to this great venue helps us connect with the roots of our sport.

Tickets are priced at $20 and $30 for adults and $10 for youth 12 and under. They are available at the Turning Stone Box office or by calling 361-SHOW or toll-free at 1-877-833-SHOW. The Box Office is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at any Ticketmaster location or online at

A Lacrosse Team Package is also available for local high school and college lacrosse programs.

About the Oneida Indian Nation

The Oneida Indian Nation is a federally recognized Indian nation in Central New York. A founding member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy), the Oneida Indian Nation sided with the Americans in the Revolutionary War and was thanked by Congress and President George Washington for its loyalty and assistance. Today, the Oneida Nation consists of about 1,000 enrolled Members, most of them living in Central New York. The Nation TMs enterprises, which employ 4,500 people, include Turning Stone Resort Casino, the SvOn chain of gas stations and convenience stores, RV Park, three marinas, Indian Country Today Media Network " the premier national multi-media source for American Indian news and information, and Four Directions Productions - a 3D animation HD cinematography studio. Proceeds from these enterprises are used to rebuild the Nation TMs economic base and provide essential services, including housing, health care, and education incentives and programs, to its Members.

For more information, visit the Nation TMs website and the official blog

About The National Lacrosse League:

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America's professional indoor lacrosse league, featuring the best lacrosse players in the world. Founded in 1987, the league opened its 25th Anniversary season on January 8, 2011. Average attendance for the league has exceeded 10,000 fans per game for the past six seasons, with several games played in front of crowds in excess of 16,000 fans. The NLL has ten teams playing in major markets of the United States and Canada: Boston Blazers, Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Edmonton Rush, Minnesota Swarm, Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, Toronto Rock and Washington Stealth. For more information, visit the official website of the National Lacrosse League at:

Courtesy: Oneida Nation