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City of Syracuse Calling July 28 "Iroquois Nationals U19 Team Day"

Syracuse, NY – The Iroquois Nationals will be honored with a proclamation issued by the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County officials designating July 28 as “Iroquois Nationals U19 Team Day.”

The team is being honored for bringing home the bronze medal at the FIL 2012 U19 World Lacrosse Championships that ended on July 21 in Turku, Finland. They also are being commended for their sportsmanship, leadership and diplomacy.

Mayor Stephanie Minor and County Executive Joanie Mahoney will make a presentation on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 5:30 in Clinton Square at the Stage of Nations Blue Rain EcoFestival. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Iroquois Nationals have been great diplomats for the Haudenosaunee and we’re pleased to see Syracuse honor them this way,” said Irving Lyons, one of the festival organizers and band member with the Fabulous Ripcords who are slated to be onstage.

“These young, athletic ambassadors made us proud by beating the USA, by earning the bronze, and being good examples for our youth. After the movie “Crooked Arrows” and the momentum from the world games, this will be the pinnacle of the festival and Haudenosaunee pride.”

Iroquois General Manager Gewas Schindler said they are very honored by the proclamation and team management will be there to accept it.

“Syracuse is rich in lacrosse, partly because they have been our neighbors for decades and they’ve learned about the Haudenosaunee culture and our game. We’ve taken our lacrosse program to a new level, and we’re honored to have the support of our neighbors in Syracuse. We’re moved that people have been so positive – it feels good.”

The Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest is expected to be the largest festival in the northeast with music, exhibits, crafts, and concessions reaching blocks surrounding Hanover Square (west toward the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival in Clinton Square and east to the Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival in Columbus Circle).

The Syracuse New Times, HAWK Productions, and CNY Jazz have announced details for the active, engaging, and educational Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest.

Sponsors include the National Grid, The Onondaga Nation, and Syracuse University.

The Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest will feature Native American Music Award winner JANA and Grammy Award winner Joanne Shenandoah. Jana appeared with Lyons on the local morning show to promote the festival.