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Indians denied entry

The Iroquois team refuse to find the correct passports to play at Manchester Lacrosse World Cup

Published on July 15th 2010.


Indians denied entry

A flight on Monday 13 July that was meant to bring the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse team to the UK for the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships in Manchester left New York with none of the team members on board.

The issuing of their travel visas was delayed until the Consulate could be assured by the State department that the team will be allowed back into the US, but even with the waivers the British consulate refused to issue visas to the team.

The Nationals were not granted entry into the UK as the British Consulate refused to acknowledge their Haudenosaunee passports and wanted them to travel on US or Canadian passports.

The team has refused to do so as they consider the Haudenosaunee Nation (or Iroquois Confederacy) to be a sovereign state and felt that the request an infringement of their sovereignty.

Their tribal passport has previously been acknowledged by other nations such as Japan and Australia for the purpose of international competition.

The team was scheduled to play the opening game of the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships against England on Thursday 15 July. The match would've put the history and the present state of the sport in focus, facing off the Iroquois who are recognised as the creators of Lacrosse, against England the host nation.

It is has been confirmed though, that the team will not be coming to the tournament.

All US-born members of the 23 man squad were granted a one-time waiver of US passport by the US State Department after an intervention by the Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. The nine Canadian-born members of the team had hoped for the same from the Canadian government.

The issuing of their travel visas was delayed until the Consulate could be assured by the State department that the team will be allowed back into the US, but even with the waivers the British consulate refused to issue visas to the team.

Organisers of the championships have had to re-schedule the games. The opening match will now be an exhibition grudge game between England and Germany.

Perhaps it’s odd that in the post 9/11 world people think they can travel on ‘irregular’ passports whatever their tribal claims. Maybe we should attempt to get a Manchester passport recognized?

The 2010 FIL Men’s World Lacrosse Championships takes place between 15 and 24 July at The Firs Manchester University Sports grounds . It will see a record 29 nations battle for the title.

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unieuphJuly 17th 2010.

I think your final paragraph is in quite poor taste. As it was mentioned, the passports have been recognized by other countries. Secondly, Native American reservations are regarded as legally separate from the US, and the team was invited not as a US team or Canadian team, but as an Iroquois team. Finally, keep in mind that the UK has supported International agreements regarding the rights of Indigenous cultures, so this is a rather hypocritical action. Should people in the Republic of Ireland be required to have a British passport?

RichardJuly 23rd 2010.

@UNIEUPH

How could you possibly compare the Republic of Ireland to the Iroquois Confederation? Thats just rediculous. One's a country, one clearly is not.7

It wouldn't be fair, and could possible be unsafe to allow exceptions when international travel is concerned.

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