Sports giant Nike has sealed a deal to supply the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse organisation with shoes and clothing.

Nike will provide uniforms, warm ups and casual sports apparel, with the uniforms set to be launched this summer.

In addition, Iroquois Nationals will help research and design studies intended to further develop Nike's line-up of training and competition footwear and apparel for lacrosse.

"We are proud to be partnering with the Iroquois Nationals," said Sam McCracken, Nike's manager of Native American business.

"The partnership developed out of our long-standing commitment to working with Native Americans and was a natural fit for us given our strong support of team sports.

"We look forward to supporting the long-range development of the sport and to working with Native American communities to use lacrosse to increase physical activity among Native American youth."

Chief Oren Lyons, of the Iroquois Nationals, said: "With Nike's support, we will be able to continue to send our best athletes to compete and promote lacrosse to the world, sharing the game and our history."

Nike currently supports 18 collegiate lacrosse programs and manufactures and distributes a complete line of lacrosse products for men and women, including competition and training specific products.