How Haudenosaunee women are overcoming stigma to earn a place in lacrosse

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Women have often been excluded from sports, but what happens when they are banned not just for social or cultural practices but because of spiritual beliefs? Terri Swamp and Amy Lazore are two Haudenosaunee women who came to lacrosse with different experiences, but a similar love for the game. Amy was raised in the Mohawk community of Akwesasne. She always wanted to play - but, being a girl, she was told it just wasn’t possible. When her daughters took an interest in lacrosse, Amy made sure they had the opportunities she didn’t get. Terri Swamp was raised in the Seneca Nation territory. She grew up playing lacrosse and competed internationally with the Iroquois Nationals women’s team. Now, Terri mentors Haudenosaunee girls who are trying to balance tradition and their love of the game.

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