Tribes Reclaim the Sport of Lacrosse
Centuries ago, Native Americans created and played the sport of lacrosse, believing it was given to them by the Creator to entertain him and to heal the indigenous people. Tribes also used the sport to settle disputes, including territorial conflicts. Eventually, settlers re-purposed the sport, pushing its tribal history into the shadows, but today, Sasha Houston-Brown of the Dakota tribe is relearning lacrosse and teaching it to other indigenous women in her community in Minneapolis.
"Growing up in the inner city here I didn't see any of our community members playing lacrosse." Houston-Brown says, "Even back home on our reservations I didn't see that, it was more like a historical thing."