The Minnesota Swarm pro lacrosse team will host its second-annual American Indian Heritage Night, presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino and the Prairie Island Indian Community, at the team’s home opener at the Xcel Center in St. Paul on Jan. 8. Once again, Heritage Night will feature a halftime exhibition game of traditional lacrosse, featuring teams from the Oneida and Menominee nations. There will also be exhibits by native organizations and businesses, as well as a drum group performing before the game. Heritage Night will also pay tribute to local Native American youth lacrosse players and recognize children from Prairie Island, as well as other reservations, who participated in the in the “Lax-4-Life” lacrosse camp. This past summer, the Minnesota Swarm hosted a weeklong camp at Prairie Island to introduce the boys and girls on the reservation to the sport of lacrosse, the heritage of the game, health tips and life skills. In an effort to develop a team to compete in youth lacrosse, the Swarm initiated after school practices two days a week at Prairie Island starting in October. Swarm Assistant Coach Aime Caines and Native American Lacrosse Program Coordinator Brian Kimmell serve as the coaches at the practices.

Check it out. There will be special ticket prices, with a portion of each ticket sale benefitting the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce. To order tickets or for additional questions, contact Brett Miller at (651) 726-1794 or shoot him an email.