We live in the heartland of Dehontsigwa’ehs (lacrosse)—homeland to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), where the game was played over 1,000 years ago at Onondaga Lake. Since time immemorial, the Haudenosaunee wooden stick game, has been an integral part of peacemaking by fostering the proper, reciprocal relationships with each other and the natural world. CNY has benefitted from this rich legacy, and as a result, this area has become the hotbed for lacrosse. This year, the Indigenous Values Initiative is coordinating the Annual Randy Hall Memorial Wooden Stick Tournament. Thomas Randall “Randy” Hall, Akwesasne Mohawk Wolf Clan, passed away January 18, 2018. He served in Vietnam with US Army (1965-68) and he also participated in the 1972 AIM takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington D.C. He loved sports and he was deeply involved with the Onondaga Athletic Club where he played and coached lacrosse and basketball teams. One of his favorite things to do was to travel and be part of tournaments. It is in his memory and honor that the Haudenosaunee Wooden Sticks Festival, decided to name the old sticks tournament after him. The second element of the weekend is the The Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Festival which is the the educational component that will provide educational speakers and demonstrations in areas of: Lacrosse; Native Foods: Arts; Traditional Dance; and etc.

It is difficult to predict but between all these events we expect at least 3 to 4 thousand people.  We invite you to be part of this exciting venture. The Indigenous Values Initiative, Inc. is the 501c3, non-profit educational corporation dedicated to promoting the enduring values of the Haudenosauneee, which includes lacrosse. We are organizing and coordinating these events in partnership with the Onondaga Nation and Syracuse University. Your support is tax-deductible. Find our sponsor packages on the back side of this letter and submit payment to PayPal (https://indigenousvalues.org/give/). Let’s bring everyone here to learn about the Haudenosaunee origins of the game that is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing sports in the world. We need your help to make this event a success, so it can become a yearly tradition. This united effort will benefit each who lives in this region. With proper values and respect, let’s come together and teach the world the real spirit of this game.



Phil Arnold

Philip P. Arnold | Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Religion
t 315.443.3861  f 315.443.3958  e
religion.syr.edu | asnews.syr.edu | @artsciencessu

Indigenous Values Initiative | President

Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center | Founding Director

6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool NY 13088

Deyhontsigwa’ehs—The Creator’s Game, Lacrosse Weekend

Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Festival &
Randy Hall Masters Wooden Stick Lacrosse Tournament
September 16-September 17,2023
Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool, NY 13088

Partnering with the Wooden Stick Festival

  • $1000 “Sponsor”
    • your logo in the program and festival materials
  • $3000 “Presenting Sponsor”
    • your logo in the program and festival materials
    • banner ads (supplied by you) hung at the Onondaga Lake Park festival site
  • $5,000 “Title Sponsor” (with Syracuse University and Nike)
    • your logo in the program and festival materials
    • banner ads (supplied by you) hung at the Onondaga Lake Park festival site
    • complimentary booth space at the Festival
  • $10,000 to be named title sponsor for Wooden Stick Festival brought to you by COMPANY NAME along with all the other sponsorship level benefits
    • Named sponsor for: ‘Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Festival brought to you by [COMPANY NAME].’
    • Your name presented on all social media and advertising


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