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Premier Lacrosse League celebrates Indigenous Heritage Weekend in Minnesota, June 28-29

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June 27, 2024 – Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) News Release.

LOS ANGELES – The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL), powered by Ticketmaster and PLL Assists, will honor the rich history, culture and contributions of Indigenous peoples to the sport of lacrosse as it celebrates the league’s fourth annual Indigenous Heritage Weekend in Minneapolis on 28 and June 29.


“As North America’s premier game continues to grow around the world, we are proud to celebrate its indigenous history during our PLL Native American Heritage weekend,” said Paul Rabil, co-founder and president of the Premier Lacrosse League. “We are grateful to Anishinabe Baagaadoewin and Ojibwe artist Patrick Hunter for their collaboration on education, local activation and artwork that will add to the significance of this weekend in the greater Minnesota region.”

The PLL has partnered with Anishinabe Baagaadoewin – a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing Anishinabe history and culture through lacrosse – to hold lacrosse clinics with local Indigenous youth, and on-field demonstrations showcasing Anishinabe’s Baaga’adowe displayed and celebrated during half time of the PLL matches on Friday and Saturday.

On the field, all eight PLL teams will wear special edition Champion jerseys honoring the game’s roots and indigenous tradition unique to each PLL team, designed by Patrick Hunter, a 2Spirit, Ojibwe artist, graphic designer and award-winning entrepreneur. Jeremy Thompson, former PLL midfielder and World Lacrosse bronze medalist with the Haudenosaunee national team, will also be an on-air analyst for Friday’s game broadcasts on ESPN+ alongside ESPN’s Drew Carter, Paul Carcaterra and Dana Boyle.

The PLL has also released an Indigenous Heritage merchandise capsule available online and at TCO Stadium on June 28 and 29 – a portion of proceeds from the collection will benefit Anishinaabe Baagaadoewin. The first 350 fans to arrive at the PLL’s Indigenous Heritage Weekend will also receive a wooden baton keychain handcrafted by Tuscarora Woodworks, an Indigenous-owned business of the Tuscarora Nation.

Week four of the PLL’s 2024 season and Indigenous Heritage Weekend games will be streamed on ESPN+, with Saturday’s game between the California Redwoods and Denver Outlaws airing live on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. CT. To view the full PLL schedule and purchase tickets, visit premierlacrosseleague.com/schedule.

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