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Iroquois athletes face passport snag

July 13, 2010

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— The teams participating in the World Lacrosse Championships in England represent 30 nations, from Argentina to Latvia to South Korea to Iroquois.

The Iroquois helped invent lacrosse and, in a rare example of international recognition of American Indian sovereignty, they participate at every tournament as a separate nation. But they might not be at this year’s world championship tournament because of a dispute over the validity of their passports.

The 23 players have passports issued by the Iroquois Confederacy, a group of six Indian nations overseeing land that stretches from upstate New York into Ontario, Canada.

The U.S. government says it will only let players back into the country if they have U.S. passports, a team official said. The British government, meanwhile, won’t give the players visas if they cannot guarantee they’ll be allowed to go home, the official said.

Comments

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 5 months ago

This is insane. It's the US government that guarantees American Indian nations sovereign status but then turns around and refuses to recognize it? What gives? I think there's a SCOTUS case here.

tomatogrower 4 years, 5 months ago

This is stupid. What racist lackey decided this?

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