Through intentional and deliberate actions and investment, US Lacrosse (USL) seeks to lead efforts to create meaningful dialogue with Native American leaders to help frame the creation of more specific organizational priorities related to increasing diversity within the organization and the sport. USL has created a Native American Advisory Council in order to seek better understanding of how our organization can best support sport growth and sustainability efforts in Native communities.
Native American Advisory Council
Interested in being involved with the council? Please fill out the form linked below.
US Lacrosse’s Position on Native American Mascots
US Lacrosse holds and promotes the core beliefs of sportsmanship, cultural diversity, and nondiscrimination in the lacrosse experience of every player, parent, coach, official, and fan. We commend those who have taken proactive steps to embrace an inclusive culture and will continue to strive to enhance the lacrosse experience for all communities. As the sport’s national governing body, US Lacrosse believes that the misuse of Native American nicknames, logos, and mascots reflect and promote misleading stereotypes that are degrading and harmful to Native Americans. We will make every effort to assure that offensive or stereotypical mascots and logos will not be visible or promoted at events that US Lacrosse controls. There is no excuse for cultural stereotypes that degrade, slander, mock, or belittle any race, ethnicity or cultural group. US Lacrosse will continue to oppose the use of offensive mascots, caricatures, and imagery that promote harmful stereotypes of any kind.
"It’s incumbent on us to teach and learn the real story of Native Americans, who have made – and continue to make – great contributions to our society and nation. The gift of lacrosse is a beautiful example."
-- Andrew Lee, chair of the Native American Advisory Council