Neal J. Powless, MS, NCC, and PhD Fellow at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, is a traditional member of the Onondaga Nation and Eel Clan. As a Co-Producer for the Major Motion Picture “Crooked Arrows”, Mr. Powless was also responsible for Native story line development, cultural sensitivity and procuring financial investments. He co-produced the NY Emmy Nominated “Game of Life; Heart and Soul of the Onondaga” a short documentary about the cultural origins of the game of lacrosse, as well as collaborated with ESPN on multiple film projects.
He hosted a variety radio show, KREZ radio on the Hill at Syracuse University. Mr. Powless is currently the Head Coach for the Netherlands National Lacrosse team that competed in the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, and will compete in the 2016 European Lacrosse Championships in Hungary. He is the owner of Syracuse Stingers lacrosse franchise that hosts lacrosse training camps and exhibition games. He serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit, There and Back, that provides motivational speeches about drug and alcohol awareness for high school and college sports teams.
He was a 3-time All-American lacrosse player at Nazareth College before being drafted by the professional lacrosse team, the Rochester Knighthawks that lead to a 7-year career in the National Lacrosse League. He also played for the Iroquois Nationals in 6 World Lacrosse Championships and made the tournament’s All-World Team as an Attackman in 2002, and won a Silver medal in the 2003 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. Mr. Powless has won a total of 5 Professional and National Championships in his career and was inducted into the Nazareth College Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
Mr. Powless has taught courses and presented across the country for nearly 20 years about Indigenous culture and value systems. He formerly served Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and Career Services. Mr. Powless has a Masters in Counseling from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Nazareth College. He resides in Upstate New York with his wife, Michelle Schenandoah-Powless and their 4 children.