Seventh annual All Tribes Lacrosse Tournament decided in overtime

The Pokagon Band hosted the seventh annual All Tribes Lacrosse Tournament at the Rodgers Lake sports complex this spring. The tournament featured four Native American teams from throughout the state of Michigan.

The day started with a traditional teaching by Pokagon elder Kevin Daugherty, who encouraged the youth to respect the game and what it means to our culture. Every player was then able to participate in a smudging ceremony to prepare for the tournament. The teams received a healthy snack and the games began.

The Pokagon Band was well represented this year and quickly took a 1-0 lead in the first game. Things got a little more difficult, however, as our homelands team suffered a defeat in the first game, 5-3.

The competition was notably fiercer as each team had been regularly practicing together before the tournament. We are thrilled to see the growth of the Creators game amongst the Pokagon Band youth and our tribal neighbors and the improvement of the skill of our younger generation.

All participants paused to feast a traditional lunch at the pavilion before engaging in more lacrosse. Following lunch, the Saginaw Chippewa tribe and the Grand Traverse Bay band played in the championship game. The game went to a deciding third game, which the Saginaw Chippewa tribal team, Red Swamp, eventually
won in overtime.

We are excited and motivated to continue the legacy of lacrosse within our community and encourage you to contact Dan Stohrer at daniel.stohrer@pokagonband-nsn.gov or (269) 462-4225 or Dean Orvis at dean.orvis@pokagonband-nsn.gov or (269) 462-4290 if you would like more information on our practice schedule, upcoming games, or how to get your own team in our 2020 tournament.