The world indoor box lacrosse championships that are coming to the Haudenosaunee Nation in 2015 is about lacrosse, and so much more. “It’s moving us a step forward — for the program and more so for our people,” Gewas Schindler, general manager of the Iroquois Nationals, told Indian Country. “This is huge for Indigenous people throughout the world. It’s recognizing our people as a sovereign nation and as a country.” Schindler, also on the tournament’s organizing committee, is busy now setting up logistics for the tournament, which will play its round-robin format and quarterfinal games in Syracuse, then move the semifinals, bronze-medal game and final to Buffalo. He’s expecting 8 to 12 teams to participate in an area that has plenty of lacrosse fans across Western New York, and beyond. “We’re going to get a lot of box lacrosse fans from Canada,” he said.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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