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Lacrosse team out of tournament

July 17, 2010

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— Time ran out on Friday for a team of Iroquois lacrosse players who have been blocked from traveling to a tournament in England because of a passport dispute.

The 23 members of the Iroquois Nationals — whose ancestors helped invent the sport as much as 1,000 years ago — refuse to use U.S. or Canadian passports, and the United Kingdom won’t recognize their passports issued by the Iroquois confederacy.

After a week of appeals to British officials, the answer was still “no.” The team is planning to bow out of the tournament because there is no longer time to get to the games, manager Ansley Jemison said.

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