January 20, 2011

Oneida Nation Hosts NLL All-Star Game

from press release

The National Lacrosse League has reached agreement with the Oneida Indian Nation to serve as host and presenting sponsor of the league's 2011 All-Star Game. The game takes place at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. The 2011 NLL All-Star Game presented by the Oneida Indian Nation will be televised live nationally on 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's a great opportunity to showcase the modern version of the Creator's game, while reminding everyone of the sport's significant origins."

"We're 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 ticketmaster.com <http://ticketmaster.com/> . Group ticket packages are also available.

The game will feature the All-Stars of the Eastern Division vs. the All-Stars of the Western Division. The All Stars are selected by voting from Coaches, General Managers and fans. Fans can help select the All Star Game starting lineups by going to NLL.com to cast their votes from today through Monday, February 7th. Details on the Canadian telecast of the game will be made at a later date.

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