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Haudenosaunee Night

This culture night in Syracuse is the local first ever Haudenosaunee Night, including themed jersey, honoring traditions and post-game fireworks.

Culture Nights build community and honor important local cultures and history. The Syracuse Mets have created a night to honor the traditions and culture of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee. The night includes a jersey giveaway.

The Syracuse Mets are a Minor League Baseball team of the International League and the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. They are located in Syracuse, New York, and play their home games at NBT Bank Stadium, which opened in 1997 and has a seating capacity of 10,815. The Mets are named for their major league affiliate and owner, the New York Mets.

Throughout most of its existence, from 1934 to 1996 and again from 2007 to 2018, the team was known as the Syracuse Chiefs, while from 1997 to 2006 it was known as the Syracuse SkyChiefs. The club was rebranded as the Syracuse Mets in October 2018.

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The Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy, is a historically significant Native American/First Nations confederacy composed of six nations: the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora. Syracuse, on the other hand, is a city located in central New York State, United States.

The connection between the Haudenosaunee tribe and Syracuse lies in the fact that the Onondaga Nation, one of the six nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, has its ancestral homeland in the vicinity of Syracuse. The Onondaga people have inhabited the region for centuries and continue to maintain a presence there.

The city of Syracuse, named after the ancient city in Sicily, was founded by European settlers in the early 19th century. However, prior to European colonization, the land was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Onondaga. Syracuse is situated in what was historically known as the “Haudenosaunee Confederacy’s Central Fire,” referring to the Onondaga Nation’s symbolic role as the keepers of the council fire and the spiritual and political center of the Haudenosaunee.

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy has had a lasting impact on the Syracuse area, including cultural, historical, and political ties. The Onondaga Nation remains an integral part of the community, advocating for indigenous rights, promoting cultural preservation, and contributing to the region’s social fabric. The long-standing connection between the Haudenosaunee tribe and Syracuse is a testament to the ongoing presence and influence of Native American peoples in the area.

The Syracuse Mets will honor Haudenosaunee traditions & culture, Friday, July 21st

SYRACUSE, NY – The Syracuse Mets announce the first ever Haudenosaunee Night at NBT Bank Stadium on Friday, July 21st, presented by M&T Bank. Haudenosaunee Night will honor the traditions & culture of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee with a pre-game ceremony, specialty on-field jerseys, & a Haudenosaunee jersey giveaway. The Syracuse Mets will play the Buffalo Bisons at 6:35 p.m. that night, gates open at 5:30 p.m. After the game, fans can enjoy a post-game fireworks show all presented by M&T Bank.

The Syracuse Mets will wear specialty Haudenosaunee jerseys during the game on July 21st that will be auctioned off online to benefit the Haudenosaunee National Development Group.

The first 1000 fans through the gates that day will receive a replica Haudenosaunee jersey, courtesy of M&T Bank. Fans can also purchase an Amazin’ Giveaway Pack, which includes a ticket to the game on July 21st and a guaranteed Haudenosaunee jersey giveaway.

“This region has one of the richest histories and traditions of our native indigenous people,” said Syracuse Mets General Manager Jason Smorol. “We are proud to partner with the Onondaga Nation to bring that story to our fans and help promote the rich history and culture of the Six Nations.”

“It’s with great pleasure and appreciation the Haudenosaunee Nationals express our excitement in the upcoming Haudenosaunee Night with the Syracuse Mets,” said Rex Lyons, a former player and current board member of Haudenosaunee Nationals Lacrosse and a Haudenosaunee Nationals Development Group Trustee. “This is an amazing opportunity for us to come together, celebrate our heritage, and enjoy a great afternoon of fun, food, and Syracuse Mets baseball! The beginning of another timeless tradition.”

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