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This past Friday, Native News Online interviewed Oren Lyons and his son Rex Lyons on Native Bidaské (Spotlight). The topic of the interview was the Haudenosaunee Nationals (formerly the Iroquois Nationals) lacrosse team.

Oren Lyons (Onondagao) was one of the co-founders of the Iroquois Nationals. Since the team’s beginning in 1983, Lyons has worked tirelessly promoting the team’s success.

When asked about the name change from Iroquois Nationals to the Haudenosaunee Nationals, Oren Lyons explained the vast history of the Haudenosaunee confederacy that includes six nations, Oneida, Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca and the Tuscarora.

“It was kind of a natural evolvement over a period of time. Haudenosaunee is our proper name. And we just think it's about time that the world learns that we're about to instruct them,” Oren Lyons said.

The Haudenosaunee Nationals are currently ranked third in the world out of 76 lacrosse teams.

On Friday, Rex Lyons (Onondaga) spoke about the upcoming games the Haudenosaunee Nationals will compete in this year.

The Haudenosaunee Nationals have an immediate need to raise $600,000 so that they can get ready for the Olympics. This year alone, the team will travel to compete in Maryland, Alabama, and Ireland. Additional money is needed for the youth development program because the young Natives who will compete for the Haudenosaunee Nationals at the 2028 Olympics are now in their early teens, but they have to be ready.

To donate to the Haudenossuee Nationals, make all checks payable to: 

HAUDENOSSUNEE NATIONALS DEVELOPMENT GROUP
ATTN:  Rex Lyons
1213 Bruce Lane
Wilmington, DE  19803

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