Timeline of the Indigenous history of lacrosse

A short timeline of how Indigenous people were pushed out oflacrosse competition and their efforts to return: 1637: First European observation of “la crosse.’’ 1823: Year to which the oldest surviving lacrosse stick is dated. 1844: First recorded match between Indigenous (Mohawk) and non-Indigenous players takes place in Quebec. 1860: William George Beers, a dentist and lacrosse enthusiast, writes a pamphlet setting out rules of lacrosse. 1867: Formation of National lacrosse Association (forerunner of the Canadian lacrosse Association). 1869: Beers publishes guide and rulebook “lacrosse: The National Game of Canada.’’ Among the rules: “No Indian must play in a match for a white club, unless previously agreed upon.’’ 1880: National lacrosse Association becomes an amateur organization. Indigenous players are barred from championship competition. 1904: Two teams – the Mohawk Indians…

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