Our NameHonoring Our Community's Iroquois Heritage
Our stadium is located adjacent to the Onondaga Nation, an original member of the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy, one of the oldest forms of democracy in the history of the world.
As the Fire Keepers, the Onondagas continue to be responsible for the gathering of the leaders of all of the Six Nations in Grand Council. They open and close the councils and sanction the decisions arrived by the Council of chiefs.
The Fire Keepers were also hardened Warriors. The Iroquois were recruited by many European nations to sway the battle in their favor. They were knowledgeable of the terrain and favored engaging the enemy under the cover of the woods with arrows, war clubs, and muskets versus the classical European method of forming lines in battle.
The team will proudly wear their Onondaga Flames uniforms in tribute to the Fire Keepers starting with the 2017 season.