The Iroquois League was an association of six nations of indigenous people in North America. The Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora formed a confederation, a central government, called the Grand Council. In the 1700s their stewardship of land and people was an example to the struggling Americans fighting for a foothold in the New World.
The Six Nations gave us an example of representative government that may have been looked to by our founding fathers when they drafted the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. They also gave us lacrosse, a game deeply embedded in the origin, tradition and culture of the earliest peoples of North America.
I had never heard of lacrosse until I met Joe Quackenbush. Joe and I served together in the Marines. In the Bronx we played stickball, boxed and pitched pennies. Inner-city boys had no connection to lacrosse. We sure missed an opportunity to actualize the essence that defined being a boy.